On Wednesday, No. eight as soon as once more turned No. 24.
Throughout warmups, Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin honored the late Los Angeles Lakers nice Kobe Bryant by carrying 24 on his jersey previous to the crew’s contest in opposition to the Nashville Predators.
Simply days prior, a shaken and solemn Ovechkin stood earlier than members of the media discussing the passing of Bryant who he had met a number of instances.
“I hoped that it was not true,” Ovechkin mentioned. “He at all times handled me properly when he noticed me. It was onerous, he was a legend within the basketball world, in the entire world. It is powerful, nonetheless cannot imagine it.”
Bryant, 41, was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday exterior Los Angeles that additionally took the lifetime of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Seven different passengers died together with John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast School, his spouse and daughter.
The jersey will probably be signed and put up for public sale benefitting the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Household Basis. Previous to the sport, the Capitals additionally held an eight-second second of silence in honor of Bryant.