The story behind how a woman’s fedora ended up on Braden Holtby’s head after Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick
Before the bye week, Alex Ovechkin scored hat tricks in consecutive games for the third time in his career. Ovechkin’s first hat trick came in a home game against the New Jersey Devils on January 16. With 4:18 remaining in the third period, Tom Wilson sent a no-look, backhanded pass towards the crease that Ovechkin one-timed home for his third goal of the game. Joyful Capitals fans threw their hats onto the ice.
Members of the Capital One Arena ice crew began collecting the headwear for removal as Ovechkin celebrated. Towards the end of the cleanup, a fancy fedora featuring a bow was thrown onto the ice near the Capitals bench. Referee Chris Schlenker retrieved the oversized hat and handed it to a smirking John Carlson. The Capitals defenseman then plopped it on Braden Holtby’s head. The Holtbeast cheesed before giving the hat to a Capitals staff member behind him.
Video of the moment went viral in Capitals circles online.