Friday afternoon, Alex Ovechkin spotted a homeless man in Edmonton without a shirt. The temperature was chilly (50°F) so Ovechkin, in a random act of kindness, purchased clothes for the man to wear.
The gesture was meant to be private, but someone noticed at the The Sequel Cafe and tweeted about it online. The story would go viral. Later, Ovechkin’s wife Nastya confirmed the tweet after posted a screenshot of the couple’s private text conversation.
Saturday after practice, a bashful Ovechkin spoke to the media about the good deed.
#Caps captain @Ovi8 answers questions from reporters after being spotted buying clothes for a homeless man in Edmonton. #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/JxD6A9l3sb
— Washington🎃Capitals (@Capitals) October 28, 2017
“I went to the store — me, Kuz, and Orly — saw the guy, no shirt,” Ovechkin said. “Went to store. Buy him sweater, coat, and hat.”
Ovechkin said the man did not recognize him, but was especially thankful.
“He was like, ‘Are you serious?’” Ovechkin said.
Head coach Barry Trotz was not shocked about Ovechkin’s gesture.
“I think what you’re going to find in hockey in general is that that they’re pretty giving people,” Trotz said. “[Players] give with their time. They give with their blessings. That doesn’t surprise me at all.”
Ovechkin, who routinely helps children in need, just believed it was the right thing to do.
“It’s something I think if you see a guy like almost naked out there in that kind of temperature, I think every human can do something, you know?” Ovechkin said.
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