Fatima Al Ali capped off her memorable week with the Capitals by taking a selfie for the ages. Al Ali, a member of the United Arab Emirates women’s national hockey team, traveled to D.C. from Abu Dhabi on Sunday as part of the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone Month.” After watching warmups from the bench before Thursday’s game at Verizon Center, she dropped the puck for a ceremonial faceoff between Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg.
Then she reached into her back pocket and pulled out her smartphone.
“I was like, ‘Can I do it or not?’” Al Ali said after the game of her idea to snap a selfie with her favorite player and Zetterberg. “It was just an idea. I’m happy it worked.”
The resulting photo confirms that Fatima’s selfie game is strong.
Al Ali attended a Wizards game, visited the Newseum, met the ambassador at the United Arab Emirates embassy and showed off her stickhandling skills at a Capitals practice during her week in Washington. She was scheduled to fly back to Abu Dhabi with her brother Mohammed on Friday, but told NHL.com that she was hoping to extend their stay.
“I was telling my brother I think we should stay for a longer time,” Al Ali said Thursday. “He’s like, ‘I want to go back home’ and I was like, ‘Please, please, please.’ So we’re trying to extend for one or two more days. I hope it works.”