Michael Phelps showed up at Verizon Center on Saturday night to watch the Caps host the Devils, for whatever reason. It seemed to be a planned appearance, because after the Caps’ 5-4 overtime loss, Phelps was invited to the dressing room and Alex Ovechkin presented the most decorated Olympian in history with a custom jersey (No. 22, for his 22 Olympic medals).
“I don’t think he wants me to sign it,” Ovechkin said shyly as Caps PR director Sergey Kocharov handed him a sharpie.
“No, I want you to sign it,” Phelps assured him. “I would love you to sign it.”
Then there were awkward jokes about Ovechkin getting a Speedo from Phelps in return, obviously.
Defensemen Karl Alzner and Steve Oleksy also came by to meet Phelps, and seemed rather starstruck as the Baltimore native told them this was his third-ever hockey game (the others were a Michigan game and the 2010 gold medal game between the United States and Canada, which is probably tough to beat).
It was not Phelps’s first time at Verizon Center, though — he also met John Wall after a Wizards game last year. Here’s the video from Saturday night:
Also at Verizon Center Saturday night were Kurt Busch and his family, which, according to our friends at RMNB, is not quite as random as it seems.