The Russian superstars – together the third highest-scoring pair of teammates in the NHL – visited The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md., for several hours. They spent time skating with a group of young children just learning to play, then took part in ceremonies surrounding the Maryland high school championship games.
“I remember Igor Larionov coming to one of my practices as a kid,” Ovechkin said as he signed autographs for the five- to seven-year-olds on the Resor Rink. “That was important for me, so I am happy to come here and see the kids.”
For a night – while the rest of the professional hockey world was swirling in trades and trade rumors – Ovechkin and Semin were just kids again. Celebrities, to be sure, but at heart just a couple of kids who love the game.