Hugging Caps is a good luck charm
Combine a few factors -- beautiful weather, playoffs approaching, kids on Spring Break -- and there was a mad scene outside Kettler on Thursday afternoon. It was nuts when guys like David Steckel left; he was surrounded and tailed to his car. It was nuts when guys like Mike Green left; the pre-teen girls seemed especially taken, and eventually Green needed an escort to his car. This was a Redskins Training Camp level of screaming, except without the fences to hold people back.
But it was a straight zoo when Alex Ovechkin tried to make it to his car, wearing ripped jeans, a Team Russia shirt and a microphone for a video piece on his car.
"We love you Ovi!" one woman shouted as Ovechkin made his way through the crowd. ("Mom, shut up!" her daughter said. Seriously.)
Just before he got in his car, though, he stopped to hug Jennifer Fuchs. A lot of people expressed jealousy. So I asked her to explain the hug.
"I hug him frequently," she told me. "I hug him as often as possible. I don't want anything from him. He's a nice guy, and I just want to give him a hug."
Turns out Fuchs and her hugs are, according to her, a good-luck charm.
"That 14-game win streak?" she asked. "I take full responsibility for that."
Ok, she was kind of joking about that, I think, but she did hug a lot of players just before that, including Mike Green. Near as I can tell, she's hugged dang near the whole roster.
"I've hugged Poti," she said. "I've hugged Steckel. I've hugged Varly. I've hugged Green, Ovechkin, Theo, Semin. But that's kind of tough. He's a really nice guy, but he's very very shy, and he doesn't like the limelight. It's not his thing. Now Alex will drag him out and make him sign stuff, and he'll pretend like he doesn't know English, but then I'll make a wisecrack and he'll laugh."
Fuchs met Ovechkin a few years back in the parking lot, and now she regularly watches practices with his father. She was wearing a signed Ovechkin hat, and she has a bunch of autographs from Ovechkin, including an early-vintage model that reads "Jen, I love you, you are the great."
Anyhow, here are some more photos from the day.
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