The International Ice Hockey Federation on Monday announced an $85,000 fine against the Russian Hockey Federation for an incident that occurred after Canada embarrassed Russia again, this time at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic. But don’t lump Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin into this mess.
Here’s what went down. After Canada destroyed Russia 6-1 in the gold medal game, most of Team Russia’s skaters left the ice immediately after receiving their silver medals. This was a problem because good sportsmanship (and, apparently, the rulebook) requires the losing team to stay on the the ice for the entire medal ceremony, including the playing of the victors’ national anthem. The IIHF noted that team captain Ilya Kovalchuk led the mass departure, though it’s hard to imagine where they got the idea that Kovalchuk would leave something before he was supposed to.
Meanwhile, according to the Russian news agency TASS, Alex Ovechkin stayed for the entire ceremony and tried to keep his team on the ice. That’s called good leadership, people.
While the NHL has sent its players to the Olympics since 1998 (fast fact via Chuck Gormley), there is growing speculation that the NHL will not participate in the 2018 Games held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Wednesday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin received his seventh Kharlamov Trophy as the most valuable Russian player in the National Hockey League. The award, named after the Soviet ice hockey player Valeri Kharlamov, is voted on by all active Russians playing in the NHL.
You guys, today is August 8th (8/8) and you know what that means! It’s time to celebrate Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and his amazing communication style with our very own made-up holiday, Tweet Like Ovi Day.
To participate, jump on Twitter (we’re @russianmachine), drink 8 Red Bulls, and then recklessly abandon all grammar and punctuation rules you learned in grade school. Make sure to conclude every tweet with a hahaha and some exuberant close parenthesis )))))). You’ll also want to include the hashtag #TweetLikeOviDay in your submissions. Let’s get this ish trending.