Without hyperbole, best photo of the summer. (Photo credit: @Nail10_1993)

Before last season, Washington Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy played for seven different minor league teams in five years. His label as a journeyman ended in early March when Mike Green suffered a groin injury. Needing a right-handed shot, General Manager George McPhee called up Oleksy after being impressed by the 27-year-old’s work for the Hershey Bears at the AHL Showcase. He did not get sent back down.

Oleksy may have gotten his big break, but that doesn’t mean he slacked off over the summer. The versatile defenseman has been a mainstay at 2SP, a giant 15,000 square-foot sports performance and training center located in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Oleksy also made a new Russian friend while training: 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.

In fact, judging by their interactions on social media, they are the bro-siest of bros now.

And please watch this too.

Below, a few more videos of them working out.

Hopefully, hanging out with Yakupov has rubbed off on Oleksy. It’s mandatory that his next goal celebration turns out something like this.

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  • yv

    Since they now pals and equal Caps and Oilers should make a trade exchange…
    And Kuzya should also had I. Larionov as his agent ,then he already would play for Caps as a superstar.

  • Ash

    Great everything in the post, but I can’t help but see that first Oleksy instagram of them all together and think they’re all about to start twerking or some madness.

  • ilya bryzgalov

    working out to skrillex is always a great way to get amped and motivated!