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Ovechkin runs youth hockey clinic in China

Capitals captain also tours site of 2022 Beijing Olympics as NHL ambassador

by Pat Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin spent his second day in China doing what he does best: playing hockey.

The Washington Capitals captain was on the ice for a hockey clinic with 40 youth players at Shougang Park in Beijing on Monday.

Tweet from @Capitals: LET���S DO THAT HOCKEY! #Gr8inChina pic.twitter.com/2ECcfVEEOZ

Tweet from @Capitals: Awesome day twirlin' around on the ice with the local kids #Gr8inChina pic.twitter.com/qICdTLY8GK

Although Ovechkin, who arrived in China on Sunday as an international ambassador for the NHL, made the days of the 12-and-under players who skated with him, he also fulfilled a dream for Peter Zhong. A redshirt freshman forward for Arizona State University, Zhong was born in Beijing and got to pass to Ovechkin for one-timers while serving as his co-counselor at the clinic.

Tweet from @SunDevilHockey: LIFE. MADE. 🤩@peterweiz gets to feed @ovi8 one-timers. pic.twitter.com/GUvAWNig1r

Zhong and his Sun Devils teammates are in China to play in the Renaissance Cup. He and Ovechkin traded jerseys after the clinic was over.

Tweet from @Capitals: Jersey 🔁Peter Zhong is a Chinese native and freshman on the @SunDevilHockey squad who is back in his hometown with ASU and swapped jerseys with @ovi8 at today's clinic! #Gr8inChina pic.twitter.com/wfOEdhZJDm

Ovechkin also toured Shougang before the clinic, getting a first-hand look at the site for the 2022 Beijing Olympics, before ending his day with a traditional Peking duck dinner.

Tweet from @Capitals: Peking duck roast time! pic.twitter.com/qINRp7GjtE

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