Ovechkin honors Kobe with number change


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Alex Ovechkin wears No. 24 in warmups on Wednesday. -- NHL / TWITTER

Alex Ovechkin paid tribute to Kobe Bryant during warmups of the Capitals' game against the Predators on Wednesday night.

Bryant wore No. 8 in the first half of his career, then switched to No. 24 at the start of the 2006-07 season. Ovechkin switched from No. 8 to No. 24 in warmups to honor Bryant:

Ovechkin's jersey will be signed and auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.

The day Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash, Ovechkin posted this on Instagram:


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I’m heartbroken.cant believe... Blessed to have the chance to meet you. RIP Legend. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Other NHL players have been honoring Bryant in recent days. Anze Kopitar and the Kings wore Bryant jerseys at the rink before their game against the Lightning on Wednesday:

Lightning players joined the Kings players in wearing these shirts:

Both teams had stickers on their helmets to pay tribute:

Evander Kane wrote Bryant and Gianna's names on his stick:

Other players took to social media to share their thoughts:

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