Alex Ovechkin wears No. 24 jersey in tribute to Kobe Bryant

Alex Ovechkin paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night. (Courtesy Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin wore a No. 24 jersey during warmups Wednesday to honor Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash.

Ovechkin, who usually wears No. 8, has long admired the basketball star, the Capitals said in a statement.

The No. 24 jersey Ovechkin wore before the contest against the Nashville Predators will be signed and auctioned off. The proceeds will be donated to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.

Ovechkin, whose mother played professional basketball in the Soviet Union, met Bryant several times.

 

 

 

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I’m heartbroken.cant believe… Blessed to have the chance to meet you. RIP Legend. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were among the nine passengers on a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, California.

Bryant’s wife commented on the incident for the first time Wednesday, revealing she is “completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband.”

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