Alex Ovechkin’s generosity was celebrated this week after the Washington Capitals captain gave two sticks away Saturday in the Capitals’ game against Calgary.
In each case, the simple act was touching, not just for its kindness, but also for the pure joy it elicited from each child when they were surprised with a stick from their hero. The video of Ovechkin giving his second stick to a young boy in a wheelchair named Aydin reached far beyond the hockey world, tallying more than eight million views. The President of the United States’ son, Eric Trump, even retweeted the video.
The young boy’s mother, Aneela, tweeted about the big impact Ovechkin’s small gesture had on her son.
“Ovi made his day and he will never forget that moment,” Aneela wrote.
Aneela also posted a photo of her son beaming with happiness after Ovechkin gave him his stick. She also shared the detail that after the game, Aydin got his jersey signed by most of the players.
That is my son. Ovi made his day and he will never forget that moment. He also got his jersey signed by most of the players! Thank you to Ovi and the caps for making this a memorable moment.
— Aneela Ali (@Aneelaaali) October 28, 2018
Aneela posted another video with a different angle of Aydin fist-bumping the Capitals. In a crowded hallway with a TV interview going on in the background, it’s easy to see why some players didn’t spot little Aydin. (P.S. Lay off the Caps that didn’t fist-bump the kid, ok?)
But Ovechkin paused, ducked down for a second to give Aydin his stick, and just like that an unforgettable moment was forged.
My video I took pic.twitter.com/MlCtGWJl9A
— Aneela Ali (@Aneelaaali) October 30, 2018
Perhaps what makes this moment so heartwarming is that it serves as a reminder that professional hockey players have the power, if they use it, to really inspire and move someone’s life.
I saw this in the Caps locker room. I assume it's still there and clearly they honor this great quote. pic.twitter.com/lz7odAvx2t
— Steve Heidenberg (@Sjheid) October 28, 2018
Headline photo: @Aneelaaali
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