Somerville — This week, the City of Somerville is hosting several elite youth hockey teams for the first-ever “Transatlantic Invitational” hockey tournament, including youth from premiere Russian hockey leagues and youth from across the New England region. Five Russian teams – three Bantam and two Pee-Wee – have traveled to Somerville for the tournament
On Thursday, 30-40 participating youth, from Russian and New England teams, as well as members of the Somerville Youth Hockey Association, have been invited to meet with Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin.
There are some typos and misinformation in thre article, but we all know Ovechkin is Moscow Dynamo's alumni, not Lokomotove Yaroslavl's.
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Somerville is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, located just north of Boston. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 75,754 and was the most densely populated municipality in New England.
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Update from our field reporter Emily:
It was very cool:
Ovechkin said he was more than willing to lend some time once he heard from Kontinental Hockey League chairman Andrei Kovalenko that the group of young Russian skaters would just happen to be in the Boston area at the same time he was.
“He called me and said that some of the Russian teams (are) in Boston and if you have a chance to meet them it will be cool for them. I said right away,” Ovechkin said. “For kids it’s going to be a memory for their whole life, and you never know maybe they are going to be future stars and they are going to play here.
“Maybe they are going to play with me or against me, and they will say remember that one time in Boston.”
Here's the guy who set it up...