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Ovechkin Hosts Skating Session with American Special Hockey Association Programs

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin participates in a drill with American Special Hockey Association program participants at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Ovechkin hosted more than 60 players for a skating session on Sept. 11.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Nearly 60 children and adolescents from American Special Hockey Association programs skated with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin during a skating session on Sept. 11 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Participants split into three groups, with Ovechkin joining each station in drills and games during the session. For Ovechkin, who turns 29 on Sept. 17, it marked the first of many community initiatives he will support throughout the 2014-15 season, including Ovi’s Crazy 8s. Ovechkin created Ovi’s Crazy 8s in 2006, a program through which he purchases and donates eight Capitals season tickets to Most Valuable Kids, allowing fans who normally wouldn’t have access to tickets the opportunity to attend games. Ovechkin also supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, having most recently granted the wish of Washington, D.C., native Ellie Carney.

Alex Ovechkin receives a hug from a American Special Hockey Association program participant

“I was very happy to be able to skate with the great players from ASHA,” said Ovechkin. “It was a lot of fun, and I appreciate all of their support. It was great to give back and spend some time with them on the ice.”

Created in 2000 for players with development disabilities, ASHA gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey. There are currently more than 50 ASHA programs in more than 30 cities throughout the United States. Programs that skated with Ovechkin on Sept. 11 include the Baltimore Saints, Montgomery Cheetahs, Nova Cool Cats and Washington Ice Dogs, with participants ranging from ages eight through 18.

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