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Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin is bringing the Stanley Cup to the World Cup.
According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Ovie will accompany Lord Stanley’s Cup to Moscow on Saturday for a fan fest prior to Russia’s quarterfinal match against Croatia.
In an Instagram post, Ovechkin wrote, “Dear friends, I’ll be happy to see everyone who wants to take a photo with the Stanley Cup.”
The 32-year-old veteran has already made the most of his time with the Cup.
As seen in the following photo courtesy of NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic, Ovechkin attended a Washington Nationals game and held the Cup in the air:
Alex Pavlovic @PavlovicNBCS
Alex Ovechkin is in a suite down the line just randomly lifting the Stanley Cup and hyping up the crowd: https://t.co/koqQuEoWEy
He even partook in the age-old tradition of drinking from the Cup, per Dimitri Filipovic of Sportsnet:
Dimitri Filipovic @DimFilipovic
Ovechkin winning the Cup is turning out to be everything I would’ve hoped and thought it would be and it’s the best https://t.co/ESWVLkJqxF
Ovechkin was arguably already the greatest Russian hockey player of all time before completing his incredible resume with a Stanley Cup win.
Now that he is a champion after years of playoff disappointment, he will have a golden opportunity to celebrate it with his countrymen and countrywomen at the World Cup.