Some people love him, some people hate him… but this video of Alexander Ovechkin might just help you make up your mind.
If the adorable 10-year-old Ann Schabb asked you out for sushi, would you be able to say no? Washington Capitals‘ captain Alex Ovechkin was certainly not able to. When Ovi attended an event for the Washington Ice Dogs, little miss Schabb proposed the potential dinner date. The answer was a no-brainer, and Ovi immediately answered the question with a “yes”.
Ovechkin went above and beyond expectations, surprising Ann after a preseason skate session, and a tour of the practice arena, with roses and tickets to the game that night. Taking Schabb to the preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes himself, and out to Sushi after (in the Owners’ box), just made it all that much better. She got to meet some of the players in the locker room after the game, and handled it like a pro. She even bossed around fellow Caps’ player Nate Schmidt telling him to get Ovi to hurry up; they had a date to go on!
Schabb is a member of the Washington Ice Dogs, an ice hockey team for people with developmental disabilities. They are based out of Laurel, MD, where they practice at the Gardens Ice House. The coaches are volunteers who strive to help these incredible people not only gain hockey skills, but learn how to work as a team and become self-reliant. Overall, it is a great organization that provides a wonderful experience for those with disabilities.
What an incredible experience that the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin were able to provide for the spunky youngster with a day she will probably always remember. The heartwarming video showcases the soft side of the Captain, and might just make you say “awww” the whole time.
(Video/Image Credit to NHL and Capitals)