On any other night, Alex Ovechkin would have been the star of the show for scoring a hat trick during the Capitals’ game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. But another Alex stole the spotlight from the famed goalscorer: 13-year-old cancer survivor Alex Luey.
The youth hockey player from Niagra Falls, Ontario was diagnosed with osteosarcoma as a child, causing his right leg to be amputated. Now cancer-free and equipped with a prosthetic, he has been able to return to the ice to enjoy his favorite sport. Part of his return to the ice included a visit to Air Canada Centre as Ovechkin’s guest on Saturday night, where Luey won over the hearts of both the fans and the players, who named him player of the game and gave him a standing ovation in the locker room.
Along with the special treatment from the Caps and a heartwarming message from Nationals player Bryce Harper, Luey found himself in the spotlight once again today with an appearance on NHL Network to talk about the once-in-a-lifetime experience.