Making an immediate impact upon his arrival from Moscow, Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin became the face of the franchise en route to six Maurice Richard trophies, three Hart Memorial honors and an Art Ross trophy. An ambassador to the league, as well as to the Nation’s Capital, Ovechkin was among the ice icons chosen to promote the 2009-10 NHL season and “Hockey Fights Cancer” campaign. In representing the game he so thoroughly dominates, Ovechkin wore and autographed this Washington Capitals sweater during the NHL Player Media Tour in New York City just prior to the 2009-10 season.
The red micromesh pullover garment has blue-and-white accents on the sides and three-quarter sleeves. On the front, a team logo is sewn in red-white-and-blue twill with “WASHINGTON” and (3) five-point stars embroidered in white. Near the left shoulder, a blue-on-white twill “A” is sewn to denote Ovechkin’s alternate captaincy status. That soon changed as Ovechkin was named team Captain on January 5, 2010 after former captain Chris Clark was dealt to Columbus. An “NHL” logo badge resides at the base of the blue stretch ribbed knit V-neck. The shoulders are home to winged team logos embroidered to twill plates in red, white and blue. On the back, the familiar number “8” is sewn in white-on-blue twill. On the upper left portion, Ovechkin has signed in black marker (“8-9” strength). Just above, “OVECHKIN” is sewn to a name plate in white-on-blue twill. Atop that feature, a “Reebok” logo is embroidered in white. Within the collar, a size “58” tag bears a Canadian flag design. Within the left side seam, a “Game-Worn” tag has an alpha-numeric code and is accompanied by a manufacturer’s fabric content tag (also with codes). Finally, a fight strap remains within the back tail.
Spared from the boards, opponent’s sticks, fists and pucks, the keepsake shows minimal wear and, though not worn on the frozen pond, was still donned by “The Great Eight” and autographed by the D.C. legend, as well. Accompanying is an LOA from the MeiGray Group, which sponsored the aforementioned activities to ring in the 2009-10 season.