Ovechkin Skates With Kids From American Special Hockey Association

Posted October 30, 2018

(Photos by Caps Outsider)

Arlington – For the fifth consecutive year, Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin hosted a skating session with the American Special Hockey Association at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The event consisted of more than 80 skaters from the Baltimore Saints, Montgomery Cheetahs, Nova Cool Cats and Washington Ice Dogs team.

“This is an amazing incredible experience for the kids, I remember when we started a few years ago most of them didn’t even know how to skate,” said Jennifer O’Brien, Executive Director of the American Special Hockey Association. She said that the group consists of kids, age 7 and older and with any type of disability.  ASHA was created in 2000 for players with developmental disabilities, with the mission to give them a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey. Currently, the association has more than 78 programs in more than 65 cities in the United States.

We saw last week how much Ovechkin cares about his young fans, as he gave away his stick on two different occasions.

Ovechkin’s dedicated selfless love for kids it’s not something new. He has been actively participating in Ovi’s Crazy 8s, created in 2006. With this program he buys and donates Capitals season tickets to participants of ASHA who normally don’t have access to game tickets.