Flyers prospect debuts vs. childhood favorite Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin is at the age and tenure in the NHL where he’s going up against players who were kids and idolized the 36-year-old when he began his career in the mid-2000s. 

Bobby Brink, one of the Flyers' top prospects, made his NHL debut against the Capitals Tuesday night. After helping the University of Denver win the NCAA championship Saturday, Brink signed a three-year entry-level contract with Philly on Sunday just in time to play his first game against one of his favorite players growing up in Ovechkin. Safe to say, he was more than excited to share the ice with No. 8. 

“A guy that I watched a lot. It’s definitely a really cool moment playing against a legend and one of the greatest players to ever play the game. So it’s definitely really cool,” Brink said

“It’s pretty special. I grew up watching him. He was one of my favorite players growing up. Watched a lot of Capitals games. It’s definitely pretty cool.” 

With the Flyers, the former University of Denver standout will have plenty of chances to go up against one of his idols as both the Flyers and Capitals are in the Metropolitan Division.