Former Capitals Forward Alexander Semin In Attendance For Capitals’ Game Against Pittsburgh

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The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins’ meeting at Capital One Arena is the latest chapter in the two teams’ well-known rivalry, heightened in its fanfare since the debuts of Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby in 2005. Thursday night’s tilt was attended by longtime Capitals forward Alexander Semin.

No stranger to the rivalry between the two teams (in his career, “The Other Alex” as he was known during his time in D.C., recorded 12 Goals and 27 Points in 34 career Games Played against the Pens), Semin was originally drafted by the Capitals in the first-round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and played for the team from 2003-2012.

Semin, who along with fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green were part of the “Young Guns” era, was as dynamic an offensive player, with a potent shot that ranks him sixth (197) in Goals, tied-10th in Power Play Goals (55), 10th (28) in Game-Winning Goals, and fifth (7) in franchise history, respectively. In seven seasons in the District, the enigmatic forward recorded 197 Goals, 211 Assists, and 408 Points in 469 Games Played.

The now-38-year old received a warm reception from the Capitals faithful upon being recognized on the jumbotron.

Semin, who also played stints with the Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens (briefly), was undoubtedly an offensive talent, however injuries, a reserved personality off the ice, and a perception of not always having the best work ethic made his departure from Washington a somewhat sour one.

Since ending a 15-game stint with the Habs in 2015-16, the Krasnoyarsk, Russia native has played mostly in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), suiting up for Metallurg Magnitogorsk and HC Vityaz near Moscow, winning the Gagarin Cup in 2016 with a team that included former Capitals Oskar Osala and Wojtek Wolski and goalie Ilya Samsonov.

Semin’s last season as a player was with HC Vityaz in the KHL in 2020-21. He announced his retirement as a player this summer and held a Farewell to Hockey charity game to celebrate his retirement. In attendance for that game were Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and Pavel Datsyuk.

He was named President of his hometown team in September 2022, after announcing his retirement last summer.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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9 Responses to Former Capitals Forward Alexander Semin In Attendance For Capitals’ Game Against Pittsburgh

  1. novafyre says:

    Any idea why he’s in town? I could see him coming over for the Caps/Canes stadium game.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      He’s been in the US for a bit. Saw him at Florida game recently. Not sure why the trip, though. But he looks like he could still play. 🤔

      • novafyre says:

        Will add him to the list of Caps prospects along with Jagr.

      • Diane Doyle says:

        Soon after he had attended TWO Panthers games, his wife had their third child, another boy. I presume in Florida. I presume his wife and kids accompanied him to both games as she herself Instagram storied herself at one game and the next game, there was a picture of him and little Alex at a game.

        • novafyre says:

          From USA Today: Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and hospital stays, often in Florida. While the cost is high, their children will be rewarded with opportunities and travel advantages not available to their Russian countrymen. The parents themselves may benefit someday as well.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He’s in town to sign a one year deal, right?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sign him!

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