Alex Ovechkin is never going to forget the summer of 2018.
The Washington Capitals superstar won his first Stanley Cup championship and Conn Smythe Trophy in June and on Saturday morning he became a first-time father.
As initially reported by RussianMachineNeverBreaks and later confirmed by the player, Oveckin’s wife Nastya gave birth to a baby boy.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) August 18, 2018
The child’s name is Sergei Aleksandrovich Ovechkin and just like his dad, he’s a big boy weighing nine pounds, six ounces.
In naming his firstborn Sergei, Ovechkin honoured his late brother who died more than two decades ago when Ovechkin was 10 years old.
Ovechkin rarely talks about his brother but did in 2015, saying: “It was hard but at 10 years old, you obviously [don’t] realize what’s happening. It was a hard moment for my mom and dad, for all my family because oldest son passed away. It was a hard time.”
As pointed out by some users on Twitter, the 8/18/2018 birthdate is rather fitting for the child of “The Great Eight.”