The Optimist: This dancing ‘Daderina’ joined his daughter when she froze on stage

Alex Ovechkin — captain, husband, expectant father — reaches hockey’s summit; His daughter melted down on stage, so he joined her. The Internet crowned him ‘Daderina.’
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