Alexander Ovechkin grants young girl’s wish by assisting on her 2-on-1 goal (video)
Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin made the wish of an 8-year-old girl come true Friday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex when he joined her on the ice and assisted on her two-on-one goal.
Lauren Santora, a native of Norwalk, Conn., has Type-1 diabetes and has been hospitalized on several occasions as a result.
The dream come true for the little girl, an avid hockey player since the age of 2, was set in motion by Kids Wish Network, per a Washington Capitals press release (via Caps Today).
On Friday, Dec. 12, Santora will meet Ovechkin at 9 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, where she will join him for breakfast. Following the meal Santora and her family will go on a shopping spree at the Team Store courtesy of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. She will receive a tour of the Capitals locker room where she will be presented with her own stall. Following practice Santora will skate with Ovechkin and additional Capitals players.
Santora’s wish experience continues on Saturday, Dec. 13. Prior to the game she will watch warmups from the Capitals bench and receive a tour of the Capitals locker room. During the game she and her family will sit in Ovechkin’s seating section, “Ovi’s Crazy 8s.” During the first intermission Santora will ride the Olympia ice resurfacer. Following the game she will spend additional time with Ovechkin.
Here’s video of her goal, in which she puts the puck past goaltender Braden Holtby following a nifty dish from Ovi.
Ovechkin is no stranger to going above and beyond when it comes to performing charity and community work, especially when it involves children, as illustrated by his many charitable endeavors both here in the States as well as abroad in his native Russia. The thrill it must have been for young Lauren to score a goal on a puck fed to her by her hockey-playing hero.
[H/T Russian Machine Never Breaks]