The sweet reason Ovechkin wanted to win an NHL All-Star Game car so badly

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin at dinner with 10-year-old Ann from Laurel, Md. and her family. (Photo: Washington Capitals)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was on a quest—a car quest—and now we know why. Her name is Ann Schaab, a hockey player and perhaps Ovechkin’s biggest fan.

“I like him; he’s cute,” said Ann, who plays hockey with other special needs kids.

Ann and Ovechkin met a few months ago at a clinic for Washington-area special hockey players. On that day, Ann broke the ice—inviting Ovechkin on a date for sushi. Ultimately, the Capitals and Ovechkin made Ann’s dream date a reality. She and her family got the VIP treatment at a game and sure enough, went out for sushi afterwards.

“It was awesome,” said Ann.

Which brings us to the car. During the NHL’s All-Star weekend, Ovechkin had a couple chances to win a new Honda. Ovechkin came up short, or so he thought. When Honda realized why Ovechkin wanted to win the car—so he could donate it to a D.C.-area special hockey program—the carmaker gave one to Ovechkin anyway.

“It’s all about having fun and making people happy,” Ovechkin told the NHL Network.

For the Schaabs, the “Great Eight” just got even greater.

Said Ann’s mother, Melissa, “I was just so impressed that in the middle of a very exciting and busy All-Star weekend, [Ovechkin] was thinking about special hockey and he was thinking about Ann.”

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