In the accompanying article, the business side of Ovechkin’s hockey career is intimately discussed, including the Russian machine’s 13-year NHL contract and why he decided to drop Don Meehan as an agent early in his career – opting instead to make decisions as a family.
Making the rounds on Hockey Tumblr this week is an image from 2014 I have never seen before. It’s a photo, published by the official Sochi Olympics Twitter account, of (what Tumblr claims to be) Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin riding on the back of a buggy. But that description does not do the pic justice. No, it does not.
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.
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.
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.
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.