Hockey Star Fulfills His Childhood Dream of Delivering Pizza (Story with Video)

The Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin shows up on customers’ doorsteps with Papa John’s pies and appears in a funny new promotional video.

In a new hockey-themed campaign for Papa John’s, Alexander Ovechkin sets out to fulfill his dream of being “the best pizza delivery boy in the world.”


He looks like any other pizza delivery guy (well, except maybe bigger and tougher). But when Alexander Ovechkin shows up at customers’ doorsteps, excitement about the pizza quickly gives way to starry-eyed wonder and celebrity worship. After all, how often does a hockey superstar come to your house with a pie from Papa John’s?

Ovechkin, who plays for the Washington Capitals, wowed customers in Sterling, Virginia, recently when he made three deliveries for a local Papa John’s store. According to the Washington Post, word quickly spread about the campaign, resulting in a “significant” increase in calls for pizza, with some customers requesting Ovechkin as their delivery person. Before the promo even started, word had spread around town, and a group of kids stood waiting outside the Papa John’s store when Ovechkin arrived for “work.” They peered through the windows and watched as Ovechkin made a pizza for himself. (Keep reading to learn Ovechkin’s favorite toppings.) One boy said he wanted to get the hockey star’s autograph on his forehead.

But not every customer reacted giddily when Ovechkin showed up. Seventeen-year-old Tatanya Bailey had no reaction at all, but she knew something was going on since her pizza delivery man was wearing a GoPro camera strapped to his head and accompanied by an entourage shooting pictures and video footage. “Do you guys recognize who’s delivering your pizza?” someone asked Tatanya.

“No,” the teen said.

“No. 8 from the Washington Capitals?”

“I don’t do sports,” Tatanya replied. “I’m sorry,” she later added. “I’m sure this is probably very exciting for someone.”

In a humorous promotional video for Papa John’s (below), Ovechkin claims that it was his childhood dream to “become the best pizza delivery boy in the world,” but “I just was not good” at it. Papa John’s has also created a 30-second spot for the campaign.

But never mind all that. Perhaps the most shocking revelation from the promotion: Ovechkin revealed his favorite pizza topping combo to be ham, pineapple, mushrooms and tomatoes. What the—?? That’s two minutes in the penalty box for you, No. 8.



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