It’s been nearly three months since the NHL paused the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Capitals fans finally have their first sighting of Alex Ovechkin back on the ice.
The future Hall of Famer has been working out in Miami for weeks, but on Thursday invited several fellow hockey players including Nikita Zadorov and Igor Shesterkin to join him on the ice and practice closer to the speed of an actual game.
On the same day, the Capitals invited players back to their own practice complex in northern Virginia for voluntary workouts as part of Phase 2 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan.
Although an official start date for the playoffs has not been set, the league is hoping for training camps to be in full swing by mid-July in the last step before games can be played again.
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