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Alexander Ovechkin asked out by little girl during skate with special needs kids (video)

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Alexander Ovechkin hosted a private skate for 60 children with developmental disabilities at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., on Thursday.

Via the Washington Capitals (by way of Russian Machine Never Breaks):

Nearly 60 children and adolescents from American Special Hockey Association programs will have the opportunity to skate and learn from the Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, when he hosts a skating session on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 11:45 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Ovechkin will be made available for one-on-one interviews with local television affiliates during the skating session and in a scrum format for print media following the skate.

For Ovechkin, who turns 29 on Sept. 18, it marks the first of many community initiatives he will support throughout the 2014-15 season, including Ovi’s Crazy 8s. Ovechkin created Ovi’s Crazy 8s in 2006, a program through which he purchases and donates eight Capitals season tickets to Most Valuable Kids, allowing fans who normally wouldn’t have access to tickets the opportunity to attend games. Ovechkin also supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, having most recently granted the wish of Washington, D.C., native Ellie Carney.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our players and a day they will never forget,” said Mike Hickey, American Special Hockey Association president. “Like any hockey player, they look up to their heroes, and being on the ice with Alex Ovechkin is a dream come true. This experience is life changing for our players. Very often left out, it is great that they are included in such a great event.”

Created in 2000 for players with development disabilities, ASHA gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey. There are currently more than 50 ASHA programs in more than 30 cities throughout the United States. Programs skating with Ovechkin on Sept. 11 include the Baltimore Saints, Montgomery Cheetahs, Nova Cool Cats and Washington Ice Dogs, with participants ranging from ages eight through 18.

The Washington Capitals superstar truly appeared to be enjoying himself as he skated with the kids, but one interaction with an adorable little girl in particular clearly delighted Ovi.

The little lady took a break from her skating to approach Ovechkin … to ask him out on the date (again via Russian Machine Never Breaks).

Adorable.

There is no doubt that Ovechkin had as much fun as the kids did on the ice. Good for him, for doing it in the first place and brightening the day of some truly special kids and for engaging so openly with them. Kudos.

Video from the private skate.

Again, awesome.