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Unsatisfied with merely skating on top of ice, NHL superstar Alex Ovechkin has turned to hovering high above a body of water. Sunday, Ovechkin and his fiancee Nastya Shubskaya posted media from their latest escapade while on summer vacation: flyboarding!

An aquatic cousin of the jetpack, the French-made flyboard propels a rider into the air by shooting out water from tubes underneath their feet. A long fire hose connects the board to a jet ski, which powers the board and sends the person, in this case a future Hall of Fame hockey player, soaring up to 20 feet into the air.

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Ovechkin poses with the Rocket Richard Trophy, which he won again this year, at the 2014 NHL Awards. (Photo: Harry How)

The Washington Capitals had a domineering regular season in 2015-16, running away with the Presidents’ Trophy by 11 points. On Wednesday evening in Las Vegas, their personal feats from this past season will be honored. Well… most of them.

One Caps player already has hardware locked up: Alex Ovechkin, who won the Richard Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. It was his third straight 50-goal season. But there will be no crazy blue suits on the red carpet this year. Ovechkin will not be in Las Vegas to claim his prize.

“Alex will not be attending the Awards this year,” a Capitals spokesperson said in an email to RMNB, declining to elaborate further. A spokesperson for the NHL also confirmed Ovechkin’s absence.

Ovechkin is also a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award for the work he did for the American Special Hockey Association. Let’s assume he’s not going to win that one, lest the Awards become even more awkward.

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This summer, Alex Ovechkin signed an expensive, one-year endorsement deal with Bank Otkrytie. Four new soccer-focused commercials starring Ovechkin were released on Friday during the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.

Three more commercials dropped yesterday and, good lord, THE TUBA ONE. DROP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH THIS NOW.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is now an even richer man. According to Vedomosti, Bank Otkrytie signed Ovechkin to an endorsement deal worth between $500k and $1 million. The site says that it is one of the richest celebrity endorsement deals on the Russian market today. Lenta.ru reports that the agreement will last one year.

Ovechkin, who will lend his likeness to many forms of promotion material, has already filmed four commercials. The ads began airing on Russian airwaves Friday, June 10, during the first day of the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament held in France.

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Noted lover of celebration and goals Alex Ovechkin may be taking more stoic approach to offseason training this summer. On Saturday he checked into St. Panteleimon Monastery in northern Greece, posting on Instagram that he’ll be there for three days.

According to the internet, St. Panteleimon’s is an Eastern Orthodox monastery. Though it’s located in northern Greece, the monastery has “historical and liturgical” ties to the Russian Orthodox Church. 

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Mr. Hockey died today. Perhaps the greatest player of all time and definitely the inspiration for many generations of superstars, Gordie Howe, 88, passed away on Friday morning.

Reacting to the news, Washington Capitals players took to social media to share their thoughts and wish the best to the family of #9.

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Alex Ovechkin: 2015-16 Season Review

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What is there to say about Alex Ovechkin’s season that could not be said in 50-point, bright-red, italicized comic sans?

50 GOALSSSSS

Let’s do it.

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During his season-ending press conference with reporters, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan lamented the loss of Joel Ward while also stating his desire to see Tom Wilson expand his role. “I think it’s on us to turn Tom Wilson into Joel Ward,” MacLellan said. “It’s on Tom and on us to turn him into that kind of guy that has a net-front presence, that finds loose pucks, finds rebounds, plays good along the wall. I think Tom is our answer to that.”

Wilson, who has led the Capitals in penalty minutes over the last three seasons, has not seen the offensive ability he showed in junior translate to the NHL. On Wednesday night, Wilson gave us a front row seat to the intense summer training that may or may not take him to the next level.

It did not include squats, but did include a samurai bun.

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Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin is having a splendid summer. A week after showing his friends how to stick to the script in the club and days after participating in a charity basketball game with his mom, the Russian machine turned up at a CSKA Moscow basketball game with his fiancée Nastya Shubskaya.

Ovechkin shelved his Nike gear to dress as a can of Coke, which is another of his sponsors.

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Over the weekend, Alex Ovechkin brought his sick handles and gold number 8 necklace to the basketball court for a good cause. The Russian machine participated in the Step Forward Foundation’s charity basketball game for the second year in a row to help raise money for kids with cerebral palsy. The game was held at Moscow’s Dynamo Palace of Sports.

Ovechkin captained the green team, which was named “Together We Are Brighter” and coached by two-time Olympic gold medalist and his mother, Tatyana Ovechkina.

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