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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 / 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

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.

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

Tweet from @Capitals: .@VranaJakub with a pretty dece swing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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

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

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