Alex Ovechkin Scores a Hat Trick

Alex Ovechkin Has Memorable Night Inspired By Cancer Survivor

It is “Hockey Fights Cancer” month at the NHL, and not only is the campaign inspiring hockey fans throughout North America, but it is inspiring the players as well. On Saturday, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was one of those inspired as he had one of the best nights of his season so far.

Earlier that night, Ovechkin had the privilege of meaning 13-year-old Alex Luey, of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Luey’s hero is Ovechkin, and it was a touching moment after all of the health issues Luey has gone through. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that caused him to have to get part of his leg amputated. However, being a hockey fan and a hockey player, Luey continued on with playing youth hockey. This story reached Ovechkin and he was inspired, offering tickets to Luey to come and spend the evening with him before their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

They spent the entire evening together, talking, meeting other players, receiving Capitals gear, and taking lots of selfies. Luey spent the pregame skate sitting on the bench, watching his heroes and chatting with coaches. He even got to read out the starting lineup in the locker room.

During the game, the Capitals ended up beating the Maple Leafs 4-2, with three of those goals coming from Ovechkin, keeping to his promise that he would score a goal for Luey, but he tripled his promise to his young fan, looking up to the stands where Luey was sitting after every goal. Ovechkin credited Luey for their success in his post game press conference saying, “He was our best player out there.”