Talk about a vehicle for change. The free car that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin coveted and ultimately won during the NHL’s All-Star weekend last month was delivered Monday at Bill Page Honda in Falls Church.
“I’m very excited, very happy,” said the Capitals superstar.
This ride began a few months ago, when young Ann Schaab met Ovechkin during a clinic for special needs hockey players. That led to a de facto date and a courtship with a cause.
“When we see her touch other people the way she has, and just the support now for Special Hockey that has occurred, I think because of Ann, we couldn’t be more pleased,” said Lou Schaab, Ann’s father.
Ovechkin donated the car to a local Special Hockey program, which will auction it off.
“This kind of money that potentially can be raised for this cause, it could just be life changing for this program,” said Mike Hickey, president of the American Special Hockey Association.
The legacy of the Honda Accord goes well beyond the sticker price. Ovie’s quest has brought attention to Special Hockey.
“We’ve already had two new kids show up to Ann’s practice in the last two weeks who had never played hockey or knew the program existed, so we’re just so excited that people are hearing about Special Hockey,” said Melissa Schaab, Ann’s mother.
And to Ovie, the parents’ message is simple.
Said Satellite Crane, a Special Hockey mom, “Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, especially someone you don’t even know.”