Alex Ovechkin carries his history with him every time he hits the ice. Literally. His jersey number from the KHL is written on his shoulder pads, his late brother’s name is stitched into his gloves, and he continues to wear a patch commemorating Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on his chest protector.
Today is the seventh anniversary of that Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash, which claimed the lives of 43 members of the KHL team. Ovechkin has worn the Lokomotiv patch at least since 2014.
CBC revealed that Ovechkin was still wearing the same chest protector and patch during the Capitals’ championship run.