Alex Ovechkin is a trailblazer who has worn bright-yellow skate laces for the entirety of his NHL career. They are as distinctive to the Capitals captain as his gap-toothed smile and his patented one-timer from his office on the power play.
But on Wednesday, the second day of Development Camp, it was another Russian player named Alex who was skating on the ice at Medstar Capitals Iceplex with yellow laces. But it wasn’t out of choice.
In an interview with RMNB’s Ian Oland, Russian defenseman Alex Alexeyev, the Capitals’ 2018 first-round pick, revealed that he was the victim of a prank that turned him into an Ovi impersonator.