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Alex Ovechkin, young cancer survivor reunite during Stanley Cup celebration

The last time we saw Alex Ovechkin and Alex Luey together the 13-year-old Washington Capitals fan was receiving the team’s player of the game award following a November win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As Ovechkin and his teammates celebrated their Stanley Cup victory over the weekend, the Capitals captain included the young cancer survivor, allowing him to get an up close look at the trophy.

If you’ll recall, it was Ovechkin who surprised Luey with a special video message during an October episode of Sportnet’s “Hometown Hockey.” The Capitals forward invited the Niagara Falls, N.Y. native to meet up after the team’s game in Toronto in November, which happened to be the Maple Leafs’ “Hockey Fights Cancer Night.”

Luey got to be on the Capitals’ bench during warmups and later he announced their starting lineup before that night’s game. Before puck drop, Ovechkin promised his young fan that if he scored that night he would try and find him in the crowd. Ovechking would not only score but record a hat trick during the victory.

Luey, who beat osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, was a good luck charm for the Capitals this season. Along with the November win in Toronto, he also attended victories against the Buffalo Sabres in February and during the Stadium Series game in Annapolis, Maryland in March against the Maple Leafs. As you’d expect, Ovechkin scored in those games as well.

“It was awesome to see your team finally win after so many crushing years of defeat,” Luey told the Niagara Falls Review. “It’s amazing to see my hero do so well and then finally get over the hump of winning a Stanley Cup.”


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.