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Papa John’s in Russia to Sell Nacho Pizza Invented by NHL Hockey Player

Washington Capitals' captain Alex Ovechkin combines two loves: nachos and pizza for Papa John's newest pie throughout Russia.

Russian’s beloved hockey player, Alex Ovechkin, shares a couple of things with Shaquille O’Neal: athletic prowess, and their love for Papa John’s pizza.

Promoting pizza for Papa John’s since 2017, Ovechkin recently concocted a sinful combination: nacho pizza.

The pizza is made with a tomato base, topped with Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, jalapeno peppers, and the star of the show: nacho chips and dip.  Papa John’s will begin selling this pie throughout Russia in October. Unfortunately, it’s a mystery on whether this pizza will be sold in the United States where the hockey star currently resides.

This stint is the latest in a string of promotions for Ovechkin. He kicked off this year with three slapstick commercials for Papa John’s where he knocked things around the kitchen with a hockey stick to mistaking a tomato sauce container for a water bottle.

Then in March, he surprised Washington Capitals fans by personally delivering Papa John’s pizza to their homes.

With this level of brand ambassadorship, he might’ve set a bar for Shaquille O’Neal who signed an $8.25 million three-year endorsement with the chain this March. The retired basketball player also delivered pizza to schools, businesses, and the fire department in Santa Clarita, California last week.