According to the NHL, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will head to China in August to serve as an international ambassador for the league.
The trip to Beijing will include visiting youth clinics, a media tour, and business development meetings.
“I think it is very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is,” Ovechkin said. “I can’t wait to spend time with all the hockey fans there and I hope to meet young kids who will be future NHL players. I can’t wait for this trip.”
Ovechkin was outspoken prior to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, at one point saying he’d like to go even if the NHL doesn’t because of how much he values representing his country. The NHL decided not to send players, and Ovechkin did not leave the Capitals to participate. As for the 20222 Beijing games, the NHL has not yet committed to going.