Tuesday night, Michael Phelps won his twentieth and twenty-first career gold medals and received congratulations from an unlikely source: Canadian NHL’er Tom Wilson. The Caps forward called Phelps a #beast an posted a photo of the two together in the Caps locker room.
— Tom Wilson (@tom_wilso) August 10, 2016
Oh man. Look which stall they posed in front of!
The photo op occurred when Phelps came to Verizon Center for a December 2013 game against the New Jersey Devils. After the Devils pulled out a 5-4 overtime win, the Caps introduced Phelps to the players. A clean-shaven Alex Ovechkin also presented Phelps with a number 22 jersey.
The interaction was priceless.
“I don’t think he wants me to sign it,” Ovechkin said to Caps spokesman Sergey Kocharov as he handed him a sharpie.
“No, I want you to sign it,” Phelps said to Ovechkin. “I would love you to sign it.”
After obliging, Ovechkin posed with Phelps for photos.
Wednesday morning, the Capitals organization also congratulated Phelps as well as Bethesda native Katie Ledecky, who has a rich history with the team.
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