David Letterman attends Penguins-Capitals to watch ‘roommate’ Alex Ovechkin

Gloriously bearded David Letterman sat rinkside at Verizon Center for Game 1 of the Penguins-Capitals series on Thursday night.

Gloriously bearded David Letterman sat rinkside at Verizon Center for Game 1 of the Penguins-Capitals series on Thursday night.


Letterman may have retired from his gig as host of "The Late Show" in 2015, but he’s unable to shed his inner comedian, evidently. Asked by the Washington Post why he was at the game, Letterman said it was to watch his college buddy, Alex Ovechkin, play hockey.

“I went to school with Ovechkin,” Letterman said.

The Post was unaware of that connection, so Letterman reiterated, “We were roommates at Ball State. … Roommates, two years, Muncie.”

Letterman also said he was cheering for the Caps and predicted a win for the home team. The Post caught up with Letterman before the third period, when Washington was down, 2-1. Pittsburgh went on to win the game, 3-2.

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While growing beards for the playoffs is an NHL tradition, the Post notes Letterman began growing his in 2014.

Speaking of that beard, while the Post notes Warren Zevon was a frequent musical guest of Letterman’s, our guess is his mass of facial hair had at least something to do with Verizon Center organist Bruce Anderson’s choice to play “Werewolves of London” while Letterman was shown on the arena's video board.

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