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Ovechkin makes friend, learns how to write name in Chinese

Capitals captain also takes part in Chopstick Challenge as NHL ambassador

by Pat Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin is not only teaching in China. He's also learning.

Ovechkin spent part of Tuesday, the third day of his trip to the country as an international ambassador for the NHL, in Beijing with 10-year-old William Ye. The boy taught the Washington Capitals captain how to write his name and No. 8 in Chinese characters.

Video: Ovechkin's Chinese writing, 'chopstick challenge'

Ye made the 750-mile trip from Shanghai to China's capital to meet and share a letter welcoming Ovechkin. They competed in the Chopstick Challenge, with Ovechkin and Ye each trying to stack hockey pucks using chopsticks, then played a hockey-style video game.

Tweet from @Capitals: Meet William: he���s a 10 year-old Ovi super fan, plays left wing just like him and came all the way from Shanghai to meet his hero. #Gr8inChina | @AlibabaGroup pic.twitter.com/ILpv1zJHUk

Ovechkin also has been sightseeing during his weeklong trip and will visit the Forbidden City on Wednesday. Members of the Capitals staff ventured to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, an important house of worship during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Tweet from @Capitals: 📍 Temple of Heaven pic.twitter.com/WaCkELCpAH

Ovechkin previously taught a hockey clinic, enjoyed a Peking duck dinner and attended the Renaissance Cup during the first two days of the trip. The Capitals shared a compilation video of his first two days Tuesday.

Video: Ovechkin meets fans while in China

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