RMNB Contest: Make Your Own Birthday Card For Ovechkin!

Portrait of Alex Ovechkin as a Rookie.

Ovi’s all growned up!

Our hero and blog namesake, Alexander Ovechkin, will turn the ripe old age of 25 on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, Russian Machine Never Breaks is throwing one of those contest things we’re trying to become known for.

The contest: Using MS Paint or any other primitive graphic program (Photoshop is cheating), make a birthday card for Alex Ovechkin.  Let Ovie know that you love him and wish him the best for his silver year.  Draw him a pretty picture, write him a poem, demonstrate somehow that you are person of passion and culture.  Whatever it takes.  Send your submissions, either by attachment or in a link, to thecrew@russianmachineneverbreaks.com.  Use the subject line “Ovie’s birthday card”.   We will accept submissions until Friday at 5pm.  That night we will share the submissions, name a winner and present our own card.

The prize: The winner of the contest will win a high-quality RMNB t-shirt.  The winner of the contest will be selected by our arbitrary and completely capricious judges.

Remember: this is Ovie’s birthday.  Do what he’d do; kick some ass and do it with a big, goofy smile on your face.

Semyon Varlamov & Matt Bradley Visit Kenmoor Elementary

Wednesday, Semyon Varlamov and Matt Bradley visited Kenmoor Elementary School in Landover, Maryland, to teach hockey to some awesomely, adorable kids. The above video details their day.

Since I know you’re wondering: No, I don’t know which part of the video I like the most. Maybe it’s when Brads temporarily forgets his own name and then mispronounces Varly’s in the introduction. Maybe it’s when Varly gets beaten cleanly stick-side by a 9 year old (perhaps selecting #1 wasn’t a good idea after all). Or maybe it’s this ridiculously cute sign.

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Who is on Peter’s New Caps Jersey?

Peter opening his present.

On Saturday night, RMNB had a little outing in Frederick, Maryland, Peter’s and my hometown.  We planned on a night of crackling creative energy and revolutionary ideas for the new season. Turns out we just ate terrible bar food, heard a worse bar band, drank too much Flying Dog, and played some NHL ’11. Go figure. Even though nothing was accomplished, we did manage to get one thing right: we gave Peter a new jersey (ew, New Jersey) as a thank-you for all his hard work last year.

Peter hasn’t had a Caps jersey since a Dale Hunter when he was little, so I thought a new, customized sweater would be the perfect gift. The only question was: Which player would be on his back?

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