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A D.C. kid named after Ovechkin

Not long after I posted my story about Alex Ovechkin's parents earlier this week, I got an e-mail from Reader Dave. He had a story about the Ovechkin clan of his own.

After the Calgary game in late March, Dave was in the Verizon Center team store where he saw Tatiana Ovechkin. Despite his lack of Russian, he went up to her, introduced himself and explained that his one-year old daughter was named Alexa because of her son.

"Not because he was a good hockey player, but a good person," Dave told her.

A young woman who was with Ovechkin's mom translated his remarks, and Tatiana touched her hert and said thank you repeatedly. Dave then showed Tatiana pictures of Alexa on his phone, complete with her "ALEXA 8" jersey.

"Very touching for both of us," he wrote me. "I've been a lifelong Caps fan since the '80's, and now with this team and my daughter 'named' after Ovie (not really named, but inspired by) there's really a deep emotional connection to this team, and winning it all this year."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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Dave is a man after my own heart. Naming his kid after Ovi.

Oddly enough, I have an old friend named Alexander who also had a September birthday (and who Ovi reminds me of, in many ways). If I had been due to have a child born in September, I would have wanted to name him or her, depending on gender, Alexander (or Alexandra) in honor of my old friend. Tatiana (and Mikhail) themselves were a couple after my own heart.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I won't be impressed until there's some kid named Ovechkina or something. In a world where parents have named their kids Espen after ESPN, we can do better than Alexa!

Posted by: ThisGuy | April 15, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Not a big deal but it should be Tatiana Ovechkina, For Russian women an "a" is added to the regular surname.

Posted by: christophergordon | April 16, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I named my pet Ovie!

Posted by: capscoach | April 16, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

My child's middle name is because of good old #28. Our little Richard Semin Catcher.

Posted by: keepwastingmoney | April 16, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

So far this is the third baby I've heard of named after Ovie. Someone should be keeping a list.

Very cool that Mama Ovechkin was touched. I would imagine all the flattery could get old but both of his parents seem to be appreciative of it.

Posted by: zuco | April 17, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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