Babies born to legendary athletes usually have unrealistic expectations heaped upon them to continue the family business when they grow up. But ever since Sergei Ovechkin was born, Alex Ovechkin has maintained he wouldn’t force hockey on his son.
“[W]hen he starts walking, I will bring him to the rink,” Ovechkin said in August. “If he likes it, we’ll work on it. But we will not make him.”
Since then, Sergei and his hockey stick have become inseparable. Ovi has taken his son on a tour around MedStar Capitals Iceplex. He’s skated his son around the ice. In February, Sergei took the ice with dad’s Capitals teammates during practice. All the while, Ovi has worked with Ovi Jr. on his stickhandling and taught him how to do a proper slap shot (with Blake in goal). After Alex scored his 700th goal on February 22, he got Sergei his own baby hockey gear from CCM.
Despite the NHL’s 2019-20 season being suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sergei’s obsession with hockey has continued to grow.