Thirteen year old cancer warrior from Niagara Falls meets up with Ovechkin again
A thirteen year old cancer warrior from Niagara Falls was able to meet up with his hockey idol and get an up close and personal look at the Stanley Cup.
Alex Luey was diagnosed with cancer in September of 2016 and has had a friendly relationship with Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin every since the hockey superstar dedicated a goal to him back in November.
Originally Luey and his father Scott had planned to go to game six of the Stanley Cup series, but the Caps hoisted the cup after game five.
Instead, Luey got to visit his idol in the dressing room while the team prepared for a photo with the Cup, the Eastern Conference Trophy, and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Scott Luey says the reaction from the team was overwhelming.
"They all cheered when he came in the room. A bunch of players said hi to him and he reconnected with Ovechkin, and they posed for a few pictures with the Stanley Cup."
Alex Luey also got to watch from the grandstand as the team marched through the National Mall.
Alex Luey ended chemotherapy in May of last year and his family are off to McMaster hospital today for the results of his latest scan; his father says he is doing better, buoyed by the Cap's rise through the ranks.
"Last year we watched the playoffs from a bed at McMasters Children's Hospital and of course the Capitals couldn't get past the Penguins, their nemesis. And he was sick, he was so sick from chemotherapy. And this, a year later, he's happy and healthy, he's growing like a 13 year old boy should, he's back in sports even with his leg surgery, and the Capitals were able, from November or really Hometown Hockey at the start of the year, there was this storyline of the Capitals doing so well and making it to the cup and winning and Alex, for me anyway, Alex getting better."