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Capitals invite UAE women's hockey player to practice with them

Even Alex Ovechkin was impressed!

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A few months ago, Washington Capitals legend Peter Bondra made a trip to the United Arab Emirates for a short stint as a coach for the Pavlikovsky Hockey School in Abu Dhabi.

That’s when he met UAE women’s national hockey team member Fatima Al Ali, who made him reconsider his own hockey skills.

The NHL invited Al Ali to Washington, D.C., this week as part of their ongoing “Hockey is for Everyone” month. On Tuesday, Al Ali got to meet Alex Ovechkin for the first time and had the same reaction you or I would have.

That feeling when you fly across the world from the UAE and get to meet your favorite hockey player! #CapsHIFE

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And on Wednesday, she got to put the Capitals to shame during practice.

So this was Fatima Al Ali’s week: traveled halfway around the world, impressed Alex Ovechkin and the best team in the NHL with her hockey skills, and got a signed hockey stick from Ovi himself.

I’d call that a good week!