Photo: Bruce Bennett
During the Caps’ recent road trip through Canada, center Evgeny Kuznetsov did a Russian-language interview with Championat.com’s Alexander Govorov. Kuznetsov spoke about new linemate TJ Oshie, his favorite places in Canada to play, and how he got the nickname Harry Potter.
Igor Kleyner has your translation.
Alex Ovechkin, 30, started today’s press conference with a question: “Where’s my happy birthday?” Eventually, he was asked about his birthday presents.
“In Moscow, they gave me a ship,” Ovechkin said, as reported by NHL.com’s Katie Brown. “It’s [at] my country house right now. It’s kind of funny.”
A ship is an extravagant gift. A ship isn’t necessarily funny. A ship is usually stored in the sea, not at country houses. This is confusing.
“I didn’t see [it yet],” Ovechkin continued. “I have a picture. A picture is one thing but to see in in real life is maybe a different thing.”
Earlier today, we published a joke post about how Alex Ovechkin, who looks to be in the best shape of his life (#abcity), is falling desperately behind because of all the super serious informal skates he’s missing at Kettler.
But here’s something that is super serious. After training today in Dynamo Moscow’s practice facility, Ovechkin took time to promote a new music video by scoring a goal on poor Sasha Gusev (Gus). The song is entitled “I Will Remember,” and it’s by Ovechkin’s friend T-Killah.
On Saturday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and his girlfriend Nastya Shubskaya attended a wedding at the Hilton in Moscow. It was to celebrate the vows of make-up artist and co-owner of the Prive7 beauty salon, Irina Mitroshkina, and her beau Roman.
Ovechkin had a good time.
Remember when I said that the Alex Ovechkin Kharlamov Trophy press conference was the gift that keeps on giving? Today, I bring you a translation and GIFs of Alex Ovechkin drawing Alex Ovechkin via SovSport.
Alex Ovechkin drawn by Alex Ovechkin looks like a cross between Hey Arnold, Doug Funnie, and a stick figure. Ovechkin’s girlfriend, Nastya Shubskaya, fared much better.
Amazing photoshop by me.
Apparently Ilya Bryzgalov isn’t the only Russian hockey player interested in the universe. After being awarded the Kharlamov Trophy as the NHL’s best Russian player on Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin was presented with an official “certificate” from Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin.
The certificate commemorates the asteroid that Elenin discovered on March 31, 2009 and named Ovechkin five years later. Elenin called the asteroid a late birthday gift for the Russian machine at the time.
In the seminal Wayne Knight film, Space Jam (1996, directed by Michael Jackson music video director Joe Pytka and written by at least four dudes), the Looney Tunes cartoons must defend the earth from hostile aliens by winning a basketball game. Asked to pick his team, Bugs Bunny went immediately for the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan. Should the same situation occur in the realm of hockey– and you freaking know it will– Alex Ovechkin knows who he’d want on his team.
Oh. Okay. Well, here we go again.
Photo: Sov Sport
Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin won his seventh career Kharlamov Trophy as the best Russian player in the NHL. During the subsequent press conference, Ovechkin was asked about a wide variety of topics including the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics.
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.
Photo: Sov Sport
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.
While taking part in a press conference afterwards, Ovechkin was asked about the report that Russian defenseman Ilya Nikulin – the Russian machine’s best friend – was in talks with the Washington Capitals.
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