Thursday night in Toronto, two legends of their respective sport met each other: Lennox Lewis and Alex Ovechkin. Lewis is a retired Olympic gold medalist boxer and three-time world heavyweight champion while Ovechkin loves to score goals and celebration.
Ovi managed to snag a picture with the champ and yes, he put his dukes up.
Thursday was the NHL’s media day for the World Cup of Hockey and all nine participating Capitals players made appearances in Toronto.
After Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov conducted their press conferences, they wandered over to the World Cup of Hockey store. I am happy to report it was a fun trip.
The ruling is still out on whether NHL players will be able to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, but today at media day for the World Cup of Hockey, Caps captain Alex Ovechkin made it clear to Pierre LeBrun that the ruling won’t affect his decision.
He will be there.
Wednesday morning, Team Russia players arrived at CONSOL Energy Center with a nice surprise by their lockers. Russian captain Alex Ovechkin had given every player a special Unity Edition of Beats By Dre headphones. The wireless headphones appear to be specially painted in Russia’s colors.
Alex Ovechkin just scored in Pittsburgh. The Team Russia captain blasted a classic one-timer from his office past Canadian goaltender Carey Price. The power play goal came on a two-man advantage and tied the game up at one at the 3:40 mark of the third period. The goal was Ovechkin’s first point in three pre-tournament games for Russia.
Yes, he was heavily booed.
Despite the regular season looming, Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov is still not re-signed. Alex Ovechkin spoke to CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Tarik El-Bashir about Orlov’s ongoing contract talks, stating, “I hope [Orlov’s] going to stay.”
Funko, an American company that manufactures licensed pop culture toys, just officially announced it’s POP! Hockey line is coming in November. We first reported the news in late August. The NHL line features two Alex Ovechkin figurines: one in the Caps’ red home jersey which will be sold to the general public and one in the Caps’ white away jersey which will be sold exclusively in Canada.
Both figurine models show Ovi’s skates with white laces. But at least he has his scruffy beard.
On Sunday, Team Russia arrived at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ practice facility in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, to train for several days ahead of their game Thursday against Team Canada.
The bizarreness of the situation was not lost on Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov, whose Caps team was eliminated by rival Pittsburgh during the 2015-16 playoffs. While the teammates practiced, there was a giant Mario Lemieux banner hanging at the south end of the rink. According to CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Tarik El-Bashir, Ovechkin’s temporary locker was placed right beside where Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby normally dresses too.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin likes a lot of things: cars, scoring goals, that one blue suit, the right parenthesis button, celebrating goals, and sweatpants. One thing he definitely does not like is the NHL’s current playoff seeding format. In an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Tarik El-Bashir, the Russian machine called it “weird.”
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