Alex Ovechkin is just two games away from capturing his first Stanley Cup, and he couldn’t have gotten to where he is without some help from “Mamma Luccia’s” restaurant.

In a letter to the Players’ Tribune, Capitals defenceman Brooks Orpik revealed that Ovi consumes a massive meal from the restaurant ahead of every home game. A picture of the large portion, which Orpik described as “inspiring” has been revealed and let us tell you: you won’t be disappointed. Take a look at this mountain of chewy goodness.


The dish is one thing, but it’s beyond impressive if the Russian actually manages to hammer all of the bread along with it. Orpik explained his captain’s exact meal routine ahead of each game.

The following is an excerpt from the Players' Tribune:

“We have a chef here who prepares our pregame meals. Ovi always orders the same thing — Mama Luccia, which is this pasta dish that’s like chicken parm with noodles, bread, cheese, the kind of thing you want to take a five-hour nap after eating. He makes a big display of it too. There’s no shame. It’ll be eleven in the morning, way before anyone is really thinking about eating lunch, and Ovi will walk into the dining area yelling, “Mama Luccia! Mama Luccia!” I don’t know. It’s weird, but it seems normal now.”

Can’t exactly blame someone for wanting to take a 5 hour nap after consuming that.

Ovechkin is doing all the right things right now, so he’s best off just sticking to his routine. We’re just wondering how many calories are in the picture.