This morning, Igor Eronko, a Sport-Express hockey writer in Russia, relayed information from Alexei Shevchenko, a prominent Russian sports journalist, that said Alex Ovechkin had a lower body injury that may force him out of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Shevchenko claims that Ovechkin suffered the injury in an “out of profile” sporting activity not related to hockey, and that the “treatment of the injury could take at least three weeks”.
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) August 9, 2016
For any Caps fans that were up at 3 in the morning (me), this was not a fun tweet to see pop up on your feed.
According to the site, the October 5, 2005 game-worn jersey, which has “light to moderate game use,” was sported by Ovechkin during the pre-game ceremony and the first period of the Caps’ home opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The sweater, later auctioned off in November 2005 as part of the NHL’s Hurricane Katrina Relief fund, features an NHL Cares patch on the front of Washington’s former black Capitol Dome home jersey.
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.
After going on a long vacation, Alex Ovechkin is back on vacation. Today, Ovechkin arrived in Port de Saint-Tropez, France, and his first itinerary item was to continue perfecting his water-related acrobats.
For instance, check out Ovechkin — along with rapper T-Killah and Russian basketball player Vitaliy Fridzon — perform this sick synchronized 360 flip into a pool.
In the past, Alex Ovechkin has taken home a giant bobblehead of Alex Ovechkin, called himself the “biggest fan” of Alex Ovechkin, and entered a raffle to meet Alex Ovechkin. So naturally, the next logical step was for Alex Ovechkin to pose for a picture in front of an army of Alex Ovechkins.
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.
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.
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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