NHLers are human too, let's honor them for their battle off the ice.
  • Alex Ovechkin:his mentor & brother, Sergei died when he was ten.
  • Phil Kessel:overcame testicular cancer
  • Taylor Pyatt:his fiance died in an accident
  • Kris Letang:overcame a stroke and losing his best friend Luc Bourdon
  • Jordin Tootoo:his brother committed suicide
  • Matt Stajan:buried his newborn child
  • Rich Peverley:suffered a heart related trauma.

2/19/14 Russia vs. Finland: Alexander Ovechkin’s post-game interview (X)

Interviewer, at the end, after Ovechkin leaves:

"And I just want to say one thing: All of the Russian players stormed through the media zone. He was the only guy who stopped."