State troopers seized a computer from the home of a 17-year-old Central Pennsylvania boy who, they said, threatened to kill Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin in a post on a hockey Web site.
The Chambersburg teenager has been questioned but has not been charged in connection with the death threat, which read, "I'm killing Ovechkin. I'll go to jail. I don't care anymore," Pittsburgh Lt. Kevin Kraus said.
The Capitals notified Pittsburgh police about the threat Wednesday night after discovering it on a Penguins message board, he said. State police joined the investigation after the threat was traced to the boy's home in Chambersburg, about 160 miles east of the city.
Kraus would not disclose the boy's name because he is a juvenile.
"Based on the severity of the threat, we are taking it very seriously," Kraus said, adding that there was no indication that the teen came to Pittsburgh for Wednesday night's game nor that he will be in the city today for Game 4.
Police aren't sure why Ovechkin was targeted, but Kraus said he was the only player who received a threat.
"We became aware of an inappropriate comment on a message board and referred it to the appropriate authorities," said a statement the Capitals issued yesterday. "We appreciate their diligence and have every confidence in our club's safety."
It was unknown what, if any, additional security measures the Capitals will take, but Kraus said the team has not requested security from Pittsburgh police.
The Associated Press contributed. Sadie Gurman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1878.