How Ovechkin is Represented at the Frozen Four
There were dozens if not hundreds of Caps sweaters in Verizon Center last night, in addition to all those bizarre Michigan and Princeton and North Dakota and Colorado and Notre Dame shirts. But that's not the best way the Caps were represented. I'll choose instead BU forward Colin Wilson, who celebrated the first of his goals like this. Don Cherry, eat your heart out.
"The only similarity that I have to Ovechkin is jumping into the glass when I celebrate," Wilson joked later. "I black out after I score goals. I don't know, I get so excited that I don't know what I do sometimes. Sometimes it's a little embarrassing, the guys make fun of me, but when I scored that goal it was just a good feeling. I haven't been scoring as much lately, so to get that goal--and a big goal--I just had to jump into the glass, I guess."
Wilson actually learned the move from a friend who plays at New Hampshire, but other Terriers also celebrate goals in the Ovi style.
"You see Ovechkin celebrating like that, and it's exciting to watch," Vinny Saponari told me. "When we're at home we have a good crowd, so we love to make the game exciting for our crowd to see, too. It adds excitement to the game."
"You see big players like that doing it, and I kind of share that passion for scoring goals," Wilson said. "Jumping into the glass is just a part of it."
Don Cherry, eat your heart out. I asked Saponari if the Terriers were fond of the Caps; "We're all fans of the Caps because of Ovechkin," he replied. "He's fun to watch. He's unreal. Every time he touches the puck, it's exciting."
And it just so happens that BU was given the Caps' locker room this week. Miami, the Terriers' championship game opponent, is in the Mystics/visiting NBA room. Not quite as glamorous. I asked Saponari how they decided who would get to use Ovechkin's stall. Turns out a few players just sat down randomly at stalls, which had their name bars removed, and they didn't find out until later that backup goalie Grant Rollheiser was sitting in Ovechkin's seat.
"And then when he found out, we were like, 'Uhhh, we've got a goalie there,' " he said.
"And I was like, 'You know what, all right,' " Rollheiser said. "Then a bunch of the guys wanted to trade. I said I would, but no one ended up doing it, so I just got stuck with it. It's pretty cool. I've definitely told a lot of people that I'm sitting there. Kind of weird, but I'm not complaining."
Rollheiser also said he's an Ovechkin admirer, calling the winger "unbelievable." He said he planned on taking his photo while sitting at Ovechkin's stall before the Terriers leave D.C.
"I mean, it'd be better if it had his name up there," the freshman from British Columbia said. "I'm pretty sure people will still believe me."
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