Alex Ovechkin scored two goals against the Ottawa Senators, but he wasn’t the only Alexander The Great out on the ice, Tuesday. (Sorry, Ovi.)
During the first intermission, the Capitals held one of two mites-on-ice games. The Restons Raiders’ Alexander Mroczka scored a goal so amazing that once you see it, you will never forget it.
It was Gretzky-esque.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 8, 2020
The goal started on defense. Wearing number 7 in red, Mroczka lifts one kid’s stick and pushes the puck free. He skates hard and then steals the puck from another tot in white, curls around his net, and then skated the length of the ice through approximately 200 other children. Now on a breakaway (because young Alex is skating 15 MPH faster than all the other kids), Mroczka dekes, puts the puck on his backhand, and slides the puck past the goaltender as he falls to the ice.
And you guys, he still had enough energy to go down to one knee for a perfect celly. This kid just has another level than the others.
I just witnessed the best mites on ice goal of the season. A kid from the Reston Raiders, backtracked an opponent about 75 feet, stole the puck and then skated the length of the ice (through about six other kids) before putting a sick deke on the goalie. Crowd went nuts.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) January 8, 2020
After the game concluded, Alex conducted an interview with the Capitals’ in-game host, Sandra Draganoiu. The interview was predictably adorable.
We love snow too, Alex! ❄️
— Caps Youth Hockey (@CapsYouthHockey) January 8, 2020
First, Alex waved to the crowd.
“I played good,” Alex said, which was both the correct and humble answer. “I liked my goal. I was skating fast. I just wanted to get through everyone and score.”
When asked if he wanted to see the replay, Alex, with his high voice, yelled YES!
Alex, who has already been playing for almost four years, said that the goal he scored at Capital One Arena was the most favorite one he’s ever scored and added that the idols he looks up to are Jakub Vrana (wow, I’m old) and Nicklas Backstrom.
Finally, Sandra asked the most important question.
“The weather outside’s getting is a little iffy. Are you hoping for a snow day tomorrow?”
“YES!” Alex said.
I have a feeling Alex probably only got a delay today, so I hope an RMNB post in his honor is a good enough consolation prize.
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