Help Us Wish Alex Ovechkin’s Father a Speedy Recovery


We’re thinking of you, Mikhail! (Original Photo by @mkpanda78)

As the world settled in to watch Thursday’s women’s final between USA and Canada, word came from Arlington that Alex Ovechkin‘s father Mikhail had undergone heart surgery earlier in the week. As of now, Mikhail Ovechkin, 62, is out of intensive care. Capitals GM George McPhee told the press that Ovechkin’s heart issues began after Russia’s prelim game against Slovakia last weekend.

As Papa Ovechkin is on the mend, we’re asking for your help in wishing him a speedy recovery. We need the Ovi Daddy back in the stands as soon as he’s able, taking bad cell phone photos, speaking in gleefully broken English, maybe not sneaking anymore smokes on F Street during intermissions. And we need his son, firm in knowing his pops is doing well, back on US soil and focused on the ice.

So make us a card. Make it heartfelt. Make it awesome. Do it in MS Paint or Photoshop or some new crazy technology we’ve never even heard of. If you’re not an artist, write us a Get Well Soon message. Leave it all the comments; we’ll make sure the right people see it.

And from us at Russian Machine Never Breaks, Выздоравливайте!

Maria Kirilenko and Ovi's father Mikhail celebrate Sasha's hat trick

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  • Jack Conness

    Best wishes Mr. Ovechkin! We all hope for the best and hope to see you back at the Verizon Center soon! Russian Machine’s father Never Breaks either!

  • Diller M

    I was devastated when I read this news this afternoon. I’ve never met him, but from what I’ve seen and read Mikhail seems to be a great father, and man. I hope that he is able to get well soon.

  • Lawrence

    Great idea, I’ll get to work.

    Do you think maybe the press was wrong about ovechkin not knowing until his olympics were over? That seems like a big thing to hide from someone, even for someone competing in the olympics.

  • Dark Stranger

    Get well soon, Mikhail Viktorovich!

  • Elizabeth Harley

    My Caps family is sending thoughts and prayers your way! We hope you have an easy and speedy recovery. Can’t wait to see you back at the Verizon Center cheering on Alex!

  • Jake Ettawakapow

    Get well soon Mikail. Tough week for their family.

  • jman

    I am a relatively young fella who has had a bunch of heart surgeries. wish the best for my best buddys papa

  • OlietheGoalie

    Get well, Papa Ovie.

  • Bart

    Выздоравливай скорее

  • Dmitry

    Михаил Викторович. Желаю вам здоровье. Побыстрее выздарайтесь. Мы за вас болеем в Вашингтоне.

  • Philip Gooden

    Get well soon Papa Ovechkin! Don’t let your son rush back until you are healthy. Us fan’s would rather see both of you come into verizon center together 🙂

  • Phil Owen

    All of our thoughts, prayers, and best wishes for you and your family, Mikhail! Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  • Dmitry

    Михаил Викторович. Желаю вам здоровье. Поскорее выздаравливайтесь. Мы за вас болеем в Вашингтоне.

  • M Hawk

    Выздоравливай скорее, г-н Овечкин. Вы затронули великого сына. Я люблю смотреть, как он играет в хоккей. Он действительно любит игру. С наилучшими пожеланиями на скорое выздоровление.

  • TallGuy

    Quick and speedy recovery Mr Ovechkin. I was shocked to find out about the news and hope to see you in the stands soon.

  • Patrick Rey

    Get well soon Mr. Ovechkin and quit smoking please, I did.

  • Darla Doxstater

    Get well soon, Papa O!

  • Eric

    скорейшего выздоровления

  • Mike Livingston

    Get well soon, Papa Ovechkin. Hope to see you in June when your son gets a big silver Cup.

  • Justine Kenney

    Feel better soon Mikhail!

  • Lowell

    Get Well Soon Mikhail! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Margaret McGuire

    The first time I met him was in 2007 at Kettler where I saw him and Mrs. Ovechkin and asked them for a picture. They both paused and he laughed and pointed at his wife but I insisted both

    Then the day after Alex signed his mega contract I had brought the Newspaper for him to sign and I noticed his Dad outside smoking and congratulated him in his son’s contract and pointed to my paper where he then gestured towards the newspaper and said “for me?” where I happily gave it to him. and then he took a picture with me paper in hand

    but my most memorable experience us where TRUE a STORY he inadvertently set my car on fire a little. I’ve told the long story a many a times and was my Ovie picture and jersey were casualties my car only suffered driver side pocket damage but I was given a new Jersey which Ovie signed and a story for the ages.

    Anyways Mr. Ovechkin has always been a great friend to the fans and always smiles and welcomes fan attention on behalf if his son. I wish him nothing but a speedy recovery, the stands won’t be the same without him there cheering on the Caps!

  • Igor Kleyner

    Latest from Russia: Papa Misha to remain in Sochi until Monday, then fly to Moscow. Ovi is going to take the last NHL charter flight to North America the same day. Of course, all that subject to change, but that’s the plan right now, reports Sovetsky Sport

  • TallGuy

    Do what the Dr says and get well soon.

  • ATPinDC

    McPhee himself said in his presser that they didn’t tell Alex until after the Finland loss. So awful.

  • ATPinDC

    Thanks for the update!

  • Cyndi Funk Drye

    Get well Mr. Ovechkin! I am praying for your speedy recovery

  • Christi M

    Hope you’re feeling better and on the road to a speedy recovery Pappa Ovechkin! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, much love to you!

  • ATPinDC

    Get well soon, Papa Ovechkin! I love seeing you at Kettler and Verizon cheering on your son and always being so gracious and friendly with any fans who talk to you. I hope to see you back in action soon!

  • Cooper

    Get well soon papa Ovechkin! We want all our capitals coming home safely!

  • mcrere_va

    Speedy recovery to Papa Ovechkin!

  • WashCapsRock

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Papa O!

  • Great photo, Victoria!

  • Brouwer Rangers

    here’s to a quick recovery!

  • Denise

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Papa Ovechkin. You have the hugs and prayers of all Caps fans!

  • Ash

    Get well soon, Papa Ovechkin. We’re all wishing you the best!

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  • ThrowmetheWHIP

    Hope you feel much better MR Ovechkin!

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  • Tim Robinson

    Get well soon Mr Ovechkin!! Thinking about you here! – Intern Tim from The Boxer Show on 98.7 WMZQ

  • Manda

    I am so touched that you used that picture of me and Papa Ovi. I’ve been thinking about that moment throughout the day when I heard the news he was ill. I don’t know if I shared the story of the picture but here goes, just in case: I spotted him watching one of the games at the STH party at Six Flags and he looked so content just hanging back taking it all in. I took out my phone to sneak a pic and then he saw me and waved me over! I was embarrassed for getting “caught” (I mean this is Ovi’s dad!) but then he put his arm around me, pulled me in, gave my phone to a young man standing by and told him to take a picture of us! I was genuinely floored. I just felt so happy by how light-hearted and good-natured he was to me in that moment. I’ll never forget it and I wish him all the best in his recovery! We love you, Papa Ovi!!! XOXO

  • Sabrina

    Выздоравливай скорее Daddy O!

  • Diller M

    To be fair to “them” the decision to withhold the info may have indeed included both Mikhail and Mrs. Ovechkin, but I also had the same initial reaction, we just don’t have enough information to judge… Yet…

  • Manda


  • Gregory Evans

    get well soon mr ovechkin.. He is such a nice man,, I took this pic with him during the stanley cup playoffs last year vs the rangers. He insisted that he wasnt a celebrity but still took it anyway

  • sara

    haha, what happened when he set your car on fire!?

  • Holtby Fan (Katie)

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Papa Ovechkin! You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  • RV

    Get well soon Papa O! I hope to see you at Kettler soon. Haven’t run into you in a few years, but you were so jovial about just being recognized. Your infectious laughter defines what we love about your son.

  • Justin Collins

    So glad to see that Mikhail is okay, always love seeing how close the Ovechkin family seems to be. Hoping for the best for the whole family and a speedy full recovery for Mikhail!

  • n.sanders

    wishing mr. ovechkin all the best as he heals and strength to ovi and his family as they help him get better soon–
    sincerely, nancy sanders.

  • Yo8

    That is awesome!

  • Yo8

    He can fly already? My grandma who had a hearth problem for some time wasn’t allowed to fly and that wasn’t even a hearth attack or a recent surgery.

  • Dan

    Get better soon Mikhail–generations of Ovechkin fans are wishing you and your family the best!

  • Yo8

    I wonder how they kept this from him. I mean, if both parents were in Sochi and they were maintaining contact and seeing each other how the hell he didn’t figure it out?

  • Chris Cerullo

    Yea I think I need to know this car fire story lol

  • Chris Cerullo

    Get well soon Mikhail. Hope to see you back at Verizon Center in the near future.

  • arthur wallander

    Get well soon mr ovechkin. I never met you, but it seems like your a friendly nice guy. Prayers sent your way.

  • GraboDaboDoo

    Best to Papa Ovi. Hope to see you up and at ’em soon!

  • judy chavez

    Wishing you a quick recovery and many more great memories.

  • MaineCapsFan

    Get well soon, Mr, Ovechkin!

  • TallGuy

    Get Well soon

  • Dots Unconnected

    Please do what your doctors tell you, Papa Ovechkin, and get well soon. We can’t wait to see you back at Kettler and Verizon. Our hugs are sent to you and Mama Ovechkina across the ocean.

  • holtbysaidno

    In Soviet Russia better feels you!
    Wishing you speedy recovery, PopOvechkin!

  • bskillet

    Best wishes and prayers to Mikhail for a fast and full recovery.

  • JessHughes

    Mr. Ovechkin — Wishing you a speedy recovery. We love how you, like your son, have embraced the Caps and DC. We want you here to hold the Cup!

  • Here’s one from Nancy S. that she asked me to upload for her.

  • Jonah

    Papa ovechkin. I hope your heart stops feeling ((((((( and starts feeling ))))))))

  • Bogdan Mutaev

    Поправляйтесь поскорее, дядя Миша!

  • Cande24

    Get well soon, Papa Ovie!

  • Jenstatz8

    Get better soon Mikhail!!! We love you!!

  • nicoley-poley

    I hope I’m not too late! Props to my buddy who helped me out with the Russian. Hope it’s okay.

  • lilwolf30

    Get well soon!!

  • Hattrk3

    Better Late than Never – Get WELL soon!

  • agrimo

    May your heart heal fast Mikhail Ovechkin (Ovie’s too)