The Washington Capitals hosted a pregame ceremony honoring Alex Ovechkin scoring 700 career goals Tuesday and it appears Capitals fans weren’t the only ones in awe of Ovechkin’s latest milestone.
According to fans watching pregame, the Winnipeg Jets, who were the Capitals’ opponents that night, kept stacks of commemorative warmup pucks as souvenirs. The pucks featured the Ovechkin 700 logo that was also printed on commemorative towels the Capitals gave out to every fan in attendance.
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“We like to go to visiting team tunnel to see all the other players,” one fan, who asked not to be identified, wrote in a message. “So last night we watched as Jets players were picking up stacks of these pucks and handing to their trainer to take back to the locker room. Easily half their pre warmup pyramid stack disappeared down the tunnel. Even Winnipeg wanted their Ovi souvenirs!”
The fan sent a photo of one of the Capital One Arena’s Event Staff holding up one of the pucks the Jets were keeping.
One of the players I’m guessing who wanted a souvenir from the game had to be Patrik Laine whose favorite player is Ovechkin.
Ovechkin scored his 600th career goal against the Winnipeg Jets in March 2018 and Laine was on the ice for it. He was happy about it.
“I was pretty close watching it. I was in a good spot just behind him,” Laine said, following the game. “I was there when he made history, so I can maybe watch that someday and show that I was there getting the minus on the ice.”
Another fan, reader Karen Scarfone, noticed Radko Gudas stuck one of the pucks down his pants during warmups.
Warmup pucks have become a desired NHL collectible over the years as many teams make custom prints for every game.
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