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.
@StevenOleksy good luck man
— Nail Yakupov (@Nail10_1993) August 7, 2013
— Nail Yakupov (@Nail10_1993) August 4, 2013
— Nail Yakupov (@Nail10_1993) August 8, 2013
— Nail Yakupov (@Nail10_1993) August 10, 2013
— Nail Yakupov (@Nail10_1993) August 9, 2013
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.