Ovechkin arrival important to hockeys popularity in the DC region

On a buggy Sunday afternoon in Reston, Virginia, a couple dozen hockey players are attempting to wait in a patient manner for the ice resurfacing machine to finish its duty. They are anxious and fidgety to get out on the ice surface.

This sporting culture of the region long has been prevailed by the pro football squad, but at the very same time these children were dislodging into each other as well as swaying in prediction, that football squad was slugging to the end of another dissatisfactory season on the other side of District of Columbia. All these athletes as well as their parents do not appear the least bit concerned.

Well, youth hockey has burst in DC region. The participation level has gone up because of many factors. The largest was the reaching in America’s capitol city of a Russian dynamo on skates who has changed the Washington Capitals’ position in the marketplace and helped the growth of the sport in ways few probably could have imagined.

When Alex Ovechkin guides Capitals against Chicago Blackhawks in Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 2015 at the Nationals Park on Thursday, there would be old and young hockey in the baseball stadium who have hugged the sport as well as the franchise because of his presence. Hockey Director for Team Maryland Dan Houck told that he believes that without a doubt Alexander Ovechkin coming to Washington Capitals has stepped up the amount of young players in the area exponentially.

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