Alex Ovechkin’s pregame ceremony, 701st goal, and shootout game-winner might have gotten all the headlines in the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, but there was a moment of kindness that happened before all of this.
During pregame warmups, 11-year-old Will Altman held up a sign beside the Capitals bench that read OSHIE HIT THE DONUT. The signed played off a donut bet Oshie won with his young daughter Leni after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders.
Oshie tossed Will a warmup puck and one of his sticks.
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“He was in utter shock!” Claire, Will’s older sister, said in an interview.
“Will got home from school today and thought of the idea,” Claire continued. “He had the plush donut in his room and had me make the sign. We thought it would be funny if he just like checked into the glass where Will was standing and we were never expecting Osh to give us anything.
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— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 25, 2020
“So Will was having fun dancing during warmups. He got on the jumbotron then we look down and Oshie is skating over to flip him a puck. Will was beyond excited for the puck because it was the specially-designed Ovi 700 one! Then near the end of warmups we were all trying to get his attention to say thank you and he comes over and flips a stick to Will.”
Here was Will’s face after receiving the stick.
“It was so personal to them and I don’t think they will ever forget it,” Jonah the father said.
Headline photo courtesy of NBC Sports Washington
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