Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin concluded his ambassador trip to the Middle Kingdom on Thursday by visiting the Great Wall of China.
Ovechkin said hi to fans on Instagram.
On his third day in China, Alex Ovechkin played ball hockey with children and visited one of the ice rinks that will host hockey during the 2022 Winter Olympics.
But it was Ovechkin’s touching of lucky doorknobs in Beijing’s Forbidden City that was truly… well, uh… forbidden.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin spent his second day in China skating with 40 young Chinese players.
According to the Capitals, Ovechkin hosted a hockey clinic at a rink in Shougang Park and participated in drills with 12-years-old-and-under youth hockey players. During the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Shougang Park will serve as the venue for ski jumping.
Alex Ovechkin arrived in Beijing on Sunday to kick off a week as the NHL’s hockey ambassador to China.
He was greeted in the Beijing airport with shouts of “Ovi!” from Chinese fans who had awaited his arrival, but it was Ovechkin’s Chinese name that caught my eye.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin arrived in China on Sunday to begin his five days in the Middle Kingdom. Ovechkin will be serving as an ambassador of the NHL to help grow the game in Asia.
The future Hall of Famer arrived in China around midnight Eastern Time and was greeted by throngs of fans at the airport. Ovechkin signed autographs, took photos, and high-fived fans.
Nearly three years ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will make an NHL-sponsored visit to Beijing, the host city, to serve as an international ambassador.
During his time in China, Ovechkin will participate in youth hockey clinics, a media tour, and business development meetings.
The announcement advances the NHL and the NHLPA’s commitment to growing the game globally.
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