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Ovechkin swings, whiffs at drive during charity event at Topgolf

Capitals captain is all smiles after miss, blasts ball on second attempt

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

He may be The Great Eight on the ice but in the tee box it's quite a different story.

The Washington Capitals shared a video of captain Alex Ovechkin whiffing on a drive attempt and having a good chuckle at the miss. It was part of the team's 4th annual "Wish Upon A Par" event held at Topgolf on Sunday.

After the miss, Ovechkin blasted his second attempt way out there.

Tweet from @Capitals: If at first you don���t succeed, try again like Big O 😂@WishMidAtlantic pic.twitter.com/PyhZwZ47RY

Ovechkin's golf game is famously lacking, but he isn't afraid to put himself out there in the name of charity. He met with several Capitals fans, including a young boy named Ethan who came bearing gifts.

Tweet from @Capitals: A season ticket holder flew over Ethan and his family from Ireland for a once in a lifetime opportunity to play Topgolf with @ovi8. Ethan brought Ovi a Belfast Gaints jersey as a gift. He has an incurable illness and moments like this are what matters most. pic.twitter.com/6hsbhEGmxB

Ovechkin wasn't the only Capitals player to participate in the event. Jakub Vrana, Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson also showed off their skills -- which happen to be better than Ovechkin's.

Tweet from @Capitals: Ok we may have a best swing nomination here @backstrom19 pic.twitter.com/qdpYCcNge1

Tweet from @Capitals: .@VranaJakub with a pretty dece swing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/3A3LlBwFGN

Backstrom and Carlson even got some foosball in.

Tweet from @Capitals: We���ve got an intense game of foosball going on with @backstrom19 and @JohnCarlson74 @WishMidAtlantic pic.twitter.com/l0Q9kPfMxw

The Capitals auctioned off unique items at the event, with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.

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