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Alex Ovechkin to Throw Out First Pitch at Nationals Game Sept. 27

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Eight Capitals to attend Wednesday’s game, take batting practice and sign autographs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 26, 2006 – Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, the 2006 Calder Memorial Trophy winner as the NHL’s rookie of the year, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday, Sept. 27, when the Washington Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:05 p.m. at RFK Stadium.

Ovechkin will be among eight Capitals who will attend the Nationals’ batting practice and stay for the game. Ovechkin, Matt Bradley, Donald Brashear, Chris Clark, Steve Eminger, Jamie Heward, Brian Pothier and Brian Sutherby will be signing autographs on the concourse from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Capitals will also have the opportunity to take batting practice on the field at RFK Stadium beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Nationals’ batting practice begins at 4:30 p.m.

Ovechkin and the Capitals open the 2006-07 season on Thursday, Oct. 5, against the New York Rangers in New York. Their home opener is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, against the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes at the Verizon Center.

In addition to capturing the Calder Trophy, Ovechkin was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team in 2005-06, the first Capitals forward ever to earn that honor. He was just the second rookie in NHL history to record 50 goals and 100 points, leading all NHL rookies in goals (52), points (106), power-play goals (21), shorthanded goals (tied, 3), power-play assists (tied, 31), power-play points (52) and shots (an NHL rookie record 425).
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