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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin ended his summer in Russia with fireworks of the figurative kind. He injected himself into the debate about Ukraine, found his name bandied about (again) in KHL speculation, and co-starred in an “unusual and somewhat provocative” music video with a Russian pop star.

On Thursday, back in the loving confines of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Ovechkin looked as cool as a cucumber, talking with reporters about the upcoming NHL season (yaye!) and hosting a private skate with 60 children with developmental disabilities.

Of course the skate was cute but there was one particular moment that is mind-blowingly adorable.

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Photo: Neil Greenberg

The Washington Capitals announced Wednesday that they will unveil their new Winter Classic jerseys at the finally-agreed-upon-venue, Nats Park, on September 23rd.

“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® has made New Year’s Day a highlight of the season for NHL fans everywhere,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said according to the Capitals’ press release. “Nationals Park provides an ideal setting for all the excitement, entertainment and fun as the Blackhawks and Capitals bring our outdoor tradition to historic Washington, D.C.”

“We are thrilled the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park as we welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans to our nation’s capital,” Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis said. “We are delighted the D.C. area and our great fan base will have an opportunity to experience the Winter Classic, and we know that Nationals Park will provide an incredible backdrop for the game.”

Commissioner Bettman, Caps owner Ted Leonsis, general manager Brian MacLellan, captain Alex Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom, and goaltender Braden Holtby are all scheduled to attend the event.

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Finally, Alex Ovechkin Has Come Back to Washington, DC!

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The photo’s kind of dark, but that’s him, promise. (Photo: @WashCaps)

After spending Monday and Tuesday in New York for NHL Media Day, the Russian machine has finally come back to DC.

This morning, Alex Ovechkin donned his Caps gear and took the ice with his teammates.

That basically marks the end of summer, so put away your jorts and your neon tank tops. Hockey is coming.

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Photo: Express Gazeta

On Monday, the Russian website Express Gazeta released on-set video and an interview from Katya Lel’s new music video. As you might recall, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is co-starring in the “unusual and somewhat provocative” clip from the 40-year-old pop star, which will drop sometime in the fall.

Welp, “somewhat provocative” is right judging by these GIFs.

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Editor’s note: This is another short piece about Ukraine and Ovechkin. Unlike last time, it’s light on political opinion and condensed history, but if you don’t want any politics in your sports, feel free to skip over this one. All opinions in here are my own.

NHL media day went a bit off-topic today as the press asked Alex Ovechkin about the controversial photo he shared late last month. Speaking with Craig Custance of ESPN, Ovechkin said, “I don’t try to make a statement.” He was speaking about the photo of him literally holding a statement in front of his chest.

“I just don’t want a war,” Alex Ovechkin said, just two weeks after holding up the Kremlin-coordinated slogan used to justify its war in Ukraine, while wearing a “no war” shirt.

It’s only the latest convolution of this nearly incomprehensible story.

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The reason why is pretty great.

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Ovi on the flight home (Photo: @a0gr8)

In another encouraging sign that hockey is imminent, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has returned to North America, after a cross-continent flight over the Atlantic during the weekend. As we speak, the Russian machine is participating in the NHL’s media in New York City. Then, according to CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley, he will return to nation’s capital on Wednesday.

When Ovechkin does arrive, he has a special event planned. According to the Caps, Ovechkin will host a private skate with sixty disabled children and adolescents at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. First, he skates with future pilots at an aviation school and now this? Whatta guy.

Ovechkin will then speak to the local media for the first time this season.

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Photo: @ElenaRusko

Fifteen Caps players (and Jeff Halpern) skated at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Friday, but Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin remains in his homeland of Russia.

Earlier on Friday, photographer Elena Rusko captured the Russian machine at the Dynamo Moscow game while he was aggressively face-nuzzled by the team’s former head coach, Oleg Znarok.

Dynamo lost 4-1. They sit DFL in the KHL after being outscored 10-2 in the first two games.

While Ovechkin goes way back with Znarok (Ovechkin played under him during the lock-out and during this past year’s World Championships) and this isn’t a big deal, it’s probably not the best thing in the world to see the Capitals’ best player (sorry, Brouwer Rangers) exchange pleasantries with a KHL head coach team official just days after the KHL President hints that you might return home for the 2015-16 season. But what do I know?

With that in mind, let’s have a Caption Contest! What is Znarok actually saying to Ovi? Here’s a photo with a caption bubble.

Submit your ideas in the comments below. Have fun and I’ll see you at the party tomorrow.

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For those of you who’ve been having heavy Ovi thoughts lately, here is some upbeat news. Today, Alex Ovechkin will shoot his first music video since Sasha Belyi’s Champion.

O rly?

I’ll let Anastasiya Gnedinskaya of MK.ru explain.

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For those of you whose lives literally stop until we post about that thing Ovechkin just did on social media, I would like to apologize on behalf of the entire blog for being more than 48 hours late on this article. Please forgive us.

You see, on Saturday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was hanging out with Evgeni Malkin after the “From Pure Heart” charity hockey game. In a dark room, with the superstars face-to-face, Ovi started filming.

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