On Thursday night, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin returned to the spotlight for the first time since he accepted his fourth Rocket Richard Trophy in Las Vegas. The re-emergence was for good reason.

Ovechkin was the head judge of Miss Moscow 2014. (Hall of famer Pavel Bure was on the panel too.)

“In my opinion everything went very well, very lovely,” Ovechkin said to TV reporter Ivan Obydenkov. “For us, the judges on the panel, it was one hundred percent clear who the winner was.”

The winner, 18-year-old ballet dancer Irina Alekseeva, is an art student from the Moscow College of Fine Arts.

Twenty-eight girls took part in the show. Each one performed two dance numbers and then competed in swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions.

Alekseeva ran away with the competition after a stunning ballet number during the talent portion of the contest.

Aw man, Ovi’s so impressed.

“I think there are no questions,” Ovechkin said afterwards. “The young lady did everything properly. She did everything right in her solo number. She chose the correct dress and everything else.”

Later, Ovechkin did another interview with kp.ru. He was asked why Maria Kirilenko did not accompany him to the competition.

“She’s at home,” he said. “She’s preparing for her [tennis] tournaments.”

Ovechkin was then asked why he didn’t accompany her to Wimbledon, like he has in years past.

“There were problems with visa,” Ovechkin began, before pausing and ending the interview. “You are done with your questions.”

Last year, as you’ll recall, Ovechkin was barred from using the Wimbledon gym. He also has a relationship with several Russian leaders who are being sanctioned due to Russia’s actions in Crimea.


Translation by Igor Kleyner.

  • Marky Narc


  • I’m not sure if you’re appropriately excited or WAY TOO EXCITED.

  • Marky Narc

    How about “modestly exuberant”?

  • Jack Conness

    Uh-oh. That doesn’t sound good about Ovi-Kirilenko. YOU ARE DONE WITH YOUR QUESTIONS!

  • Caps fan #27538

    All I really care about honestly is Burakovsky and Bowey

  • (and Barber and Vrana)

  • JessHughes

    Are we worried that Ovi is going to have an issue with US visa given his “connections” with Russian leadership? And, aww yeah, Dev Camp!

  • GregV

    This is great. “You are done with your questions” is going to be my new stock response to everything.

  • I mean, he already just came back to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. So I wouldn’t be at all, no.

  • JessHughes

    Phew, thanks. I just started to think about what the CBA provisions under the salary cap were for a player who was not legally allowed to play in the U.S.

  • Sarah

    (And Nathan Walker!)

  • Sarah

    Not saying the flips aren’t impressive, but that’s some weird ballet technique.

  • Lisa Sa

    Looks like he had a lot of fun without maria!

  • Rhino40

    I feel a Meme coming