Capitals superfan and inspiration to Alex Ovechkin, Alex Luey, passed away Sunday after a three-year battle with cancer.
Luey developed a special bond with Ovechkin over the last two years. in 2017, Luey got to read the Caps' starting lineup. Ovechkin promised him he'd score for him and proceeded to go off for a hat trick.
Ovechkin shared a tweet about Luey on Sunday afternoon.
Our Caps family heartbroken...so sad to hear Alex Luey pass away today. Such a great kid. He inspire me and our team with his strength. My family will pray for him and his mom and dad. Love you bro. I will miss seeing you in Toronto. Rest In Peace. ❤️ #LueyStrong pic.twitter.com/Plb7CXUsEs— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) December 22, 2019
Tom Wilson also shared his condolences.
Luey was the team's good luck charm when he returned to see his favorite team play in October.
In that game, Ovechkin scored two goals, one of them a game-winner, so the Caps gave Luey the player of the game helmet after a win in Toronto.
Luey was 13 years old.
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