Alex Ovechkin is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the greatest goalscorers of all time. He is a Stanley Cup Champion, a three-time MVP, and a three-time World Champion. He also holds a key to the city and once owned seven cars at the same time.
But that doesn’t mean his life is always glamorous. Ovechkin wears full body sweatsuits, eats Nestle drumsticks, and plays videogames shirtless.
So it shouldn’t surprise us that Ovechkin is willing to do whatever it takes to be a helpful captain and make his teammates comfortable. Such as Thursday night, when Ovechkin carried an old, oversized chair to the Capitals bench.
“Well, when you’ve had the career that Alex Ovechkin has had, you get your special chair,” one of the broadcasters on the Hurricanes’ telecast said. “He always sits at the end of the bench, at home and on the road, and the chair was not positioned properly. And I can tell you from seasons ago that when I was positioned between the benches, you could not see around that behemoth.”
I reached out to a Capitals spokesman and asked if Alex Ovechkin indeed has a “special chair” for every game. The spokesman said he does not, and the extra seat was likely due to the benches at PNC Arena being short.
For instance, Capitals backup goaltender Pheonix Copley did not join the team on the bench and had to sit by the team’s entrance in the corner.
It’s common for other NHL arenas to have benches that are too small. At the Prudential Center, there are a couple of bar stools at the end of the visitor’s bench for the remaining players.
This chair also has nothing to do with the lucky stool Alex Ovechkin messed with during the team’s Stanley Cup run.
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