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Alex Ovechkin arranges meet-and-greet with young fan

8-year-old Cash Niebergall nicknamed 'Niebvechkin' for admiring Capitals forward

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Alex Ovechkin, meet Cash Niebvechkin.

The Washington Capitals forward had a meet-and-greet session with young hockey fan Cash Niebergall, who he gifted one of his hockey sticks before a game at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday .

Video: WSH@EDM: Ovi makes young fan's night with stick

The clip of Ovechkin sending one of his sticks over the boards to Niebergall, who wore a red No. 8 Capitals jersey despite being at Rogers Place in Edmonton, went viral. Niebergall made a video thanking Ovechkin and said he hoped to meet his idol one day.

So Ovechkin made it happen.

Video: Ovechkin meets his new buddy Cash

Niebergall, who turned 8 last Friday, was invited to the game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, where he met Ovechkin. And the young fan thought it was only right to return the favor and hand over one of his sticks to his favorite player.

"Because he gave me his stick," said a beaming Niebergall, who has been nicknamed "Niebvechkin" by his youth hockey teammates for his super fandom.

Cash's mother, Miranda, said she was "just so thankful" for the opportunity her son was given to meet his hockey hero.

"This is his person," Miranda said after the Capitals' 3-1 win. "Not very many people ever get a chance to meet their person. Cash loves hockey. Everything is about Ovi [Ovechkin], from skate laces to the way he tapes his stick, his name, everything is Ovi, Ovi, Ovi. So we just wanted to give him this chance. We just wanted to be at a game... This is a story he'll remember forever."

With Ryan Ohashi, NHL Real-Team Correspondent

 

 

 

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