WASHINGTON, D.C. –
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin
has purchased eight tickets to every Capitals home game that he will donate to soldiers or underserved children in the Washington, D.C., area through Most Valuable Kids Inc. Ovechkin’s guests, known as Alex Ovechkin
’s Crazy 8s, will sit in a special area in the lower bowl of Verizon Center and will be recognized during each game on the video board. Each of the Crazy 8s will receive a souvenir foam “8” and one child at each game will get to ride the Olympia ice resurfacer during intermission.
“I appreciate the way the Washington, D.C., community has welcomed me in the past year and made me feel at home,” Ovechkin said. “I wanted to do something to give back and let the community know how much their support means to me.”
Ovechkin won the 2006 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year. He was also a first-team NHL All-Star and a member of the league’s All-Rookie Team. Just the second rookie in league history to record 50 goals and 100 points, after Teemu Selanne, Ovechkin finished the 2005-06 season with 52 goals and 106 points. Both marks ranked third in the NHL and established Capitals rookie records.
“It’s heartwarming to see Alex embrace the D.C. community,” said Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis. “Much like Olie Kolzig’s Olie’s All-Stars program, this offers further proof of why we are so proud of our players, not only for being remarkable athletes but also remarkable people.”
About Most Valuable Kids, Inc.
The Washington Capitals have teamed up with Most Valuable Kids Inc., (MVK) to provide a unique opportunity for Capitals plan holders to donate unused game tickets to underprivileged children in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Tickets that would otherwise go unused are redistributed by MVK to boys and girls, 18 and younger, through various local nonprofit organizations. MVK’s mission is to provide an unparalleled reward system for local underprivileged children and children’s organizations that show exemplary behavior, spirit and community service. In offering children the opportunity to come face to face with athletic and entertainment role models, MVK’s program fosters the development of self-esteem and a deeper understanding of the benefits of hard work and perseverance during adolescent and teenage years.