Capitals’ Alex Alexeyev scores twice in NHLPA Rookie Showcase scrimmage alongside the NHL’s next generation of stars
On Sunday, MedStar Capitals Iceplex played host to 27 of the NHL’s top rookies and prospects for the eleventh annual NHLPA Rookie Showcase. It made for a strange scene, with future Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers players skating on the Capitals practice rink alongside Capitals prospect Alex Alexeyev.
The future stars, which included 2019 first-overall draft pick Jack Hughes, spent the day shooting promotional photos, videos, and interviews. Trading card company Upper Deck uses the event to take the photos for the players’ collectible rookie cards.
“It’s fun, actually, I’m really happy,” Alexeyev said of the jam-packed day and the impressive caliber of his fellow prospects at the event. “There’s all these players, some I played with, some against. One Russian guy [Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin], he played in KHL already and won a Gagarin Cup. It’s amazing to be here.”