During Alex Ovechkin’s rookie year in the NHL, he lived with former general manager George McPhee and his family. Living with the McPhees helped Ovechkin ease into a new culture and the NHL lifestyle, but it also helped shape McPhee’s son, Graham.
Graham, who was 7 at the time, would play video games and hockey in the basement with Ovechkin. The Russian machine’s presence also helped Graham understand what it meant to be a professional hockey player, more than his general manager dad ever could. Graham, now a sophomore at Boston College, was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers during the 2016 draft after spending years honing his craft at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Even though Graham was young when he first met Ovechkin, they two have kept in touch throughout the years even after McPhee left the Capitals. Today, on Ovechkin’s first visit to Las Vegas, the two took a photo together before the game.