Before the game vs. Maple Leafs Alex Ovechkin met with this little kid who is his huge fan. The kids father was a police officer who died last year in a line of duty (car crash) on March the 1st. Ovi gave the boy an autographed jersey and the photo. The boy sat next to Capitals bench during the warm-up. "What a great gesture by the Washignton's Captain!"
Here's an update from Elliotte Friedman:
Ovechkin, however, deserves enormous praise for his treatment of four-year-old Owen Ochakovsky. Owen's father, James, was a Peel Police constable who died in a car crash last year. Ovechkin made time for him after the morning skate and during the pre-game warmup. The Russian winger knows what it's like to lose a close family member.
Owen Ochakovsky, the son of Peel Regional Police Officer Artem "James" Ochakovsky who was killed in March 2010 after his police cruiser was involved in a traffic accident, looks up at police officers holding hats on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, September 26, 2010. Owen and his mother Erin (also pictured) were attending the annual "Canadian Police and Peace Officer's Memorial Service" to honor police officers killed in the performance of their duties. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle