Ovi Saw A Homeless Man In Edmonton Without A Shirt So He Bought Him New Clothes

NHL - Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin felt it was the right thing to do; nothing more, nothing less.

Asked Saturday about a social media post that said he was spotted giving a homeless man his coat and hat on Friday, Ovechkin tried to downplay the act.

“[It was] nothing,” Ovechkin said at Rogers Place prior to Washington’s game against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, NBCSWA, NHL.TV). “I just went to the store with [teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov]. I saw the guy; no shirt. Went to the store to buy him a sweater, coat and a hat.”

Ovechkin, who has 10 goals in 10 games this season, said he didn’t think the man recognized him.

“He was like, ‘Are you serious?’ He was a little bit shocked,” Ovechkin said. “Again, we don’t have to concentrate on this moment right now.

“It’s something I think if you saw a guy almost naked out there with a cold temperature; I think every human can do something, a coat or a shirt or whatever.”


I’ve had a busy day but just had to share this real quick. This is example like, 1 trillion of Ovi being a good dude. And who knows how many other things he’s done, like this, that he didn’t do in the public eye or for pats on the back or attention. It just so happened “The Sequel Cafe” saw Ovi buying the homeless man clothes, otherwise nobody would have known about this.

It’s just the kind of guy he is. He goes out and shovels his neighbors driveway when it snows. He spends more time at children’s hospitals than anyone. He wanted to be picked last for the NHL All Star game so he could donate the car that he would have won to charity. It’s things like that, there’s a billion more examples. It’s kind of annoying all we hear about is “yeah but has he won a Cup?” when he does good deed after good deed after good deed and so much charity and community work. Just a great guy, and one of the best players you’ll ever see.

[Ovechkin] gets a bad rap a lot of the time, but he’s a guy that he does his thing and is not necessarily worried about what other people are going to think about him,” Wilson said. “That’s a guy who wouldn’t do that for the attention; he’s doing that because he felt it was the right thing to do at the time.”