Ovie Switches to Bauer – Gives Back to Community
Announced today by Bauer Hockey’s CEO Kevin Davis, Alex Ovechkin has chosen to endorse Bauer for all of his hockey equipment needs. Further, Ovie and Bauer have also announced that together they will be donating 108 sets of hockey equipment to youth hockey programs here in DC, as well as back home in Moscow, Russia. Following this pattern, the Capitals organization announced that they have donated $25,000 to youth hockey here in DC.
After using CCM hockey equipment for mostly his entire career, one might think Ovie’s announcement that he will now be using Bauer hockey equipment would be fairly nerve racking. However, the Caps’ captain called today an “exciting day,” and went on to say that he is “happy to be with Bauer.”
According to various reports, Ovechkin’s sponsorship/endorsement deal with Bauer will last for the next six years. Based on the fact that Ovie decided to stop using CCM’s equipment due to the fact that he was dissatisfied with their product, Caps fans everywhere can only pray and hope that Ovie will be more than satisfied with Bauer’s product. If not, we’re stuck with a disgruntled Ovie for the next six years.
While Ovie has used CCM for much of his past, this is not be the first time he will be using a Bauer stick. Ovechkin used a Bauer stick for a good amount of the 2008-2009 NHL Regular Season, a season in which he scored 56 goals, assisted on 54 others, and won his second Hart and Rocket Richard Trophies in just as many years. Further, Ovie continued to use the same Bauer stick for the Caps’ playoff run in 2009, racking up 21 points in only fourteen playoff games.
Along with the announcement that Ovie will be using their equipment, Bauer announced that they will be donating 108 sets of hockey equipment to youth programs here in DC and Russia, with both areas getting 108 sets each. In DC, the sets of equipment will be given to the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association, and will then be distributed to various youth groups within the association. Across in the pond in Russia, the sets of hockey equipment will be given to the Dynamo youth hockey program in Moscow, Russia; the same hockey program that gave Ovie his start. According to the Caps’ official website, the sets of hockey equipment will include “elbow, shoulder and shin pads, hockey pants, skates, gloves and sticks.”
At first thought, the idea of choosing to donate 108 sets of hockey equipment sounds to be a bit random of an amount. However, on second thought, it is probably in relation to Ovie’s jersey number of eight, quite a clever decision to make by Bauer.
Finally, Washington Capitals Charities decided to join in on the donating fun, announcing that they have donated the generous sum of $25,000 to the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association. According to the Caps’ official website, the aim of this grant “is to assist the member associations within PVAHA to increase participation and promote hockey development within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.”