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Maria at the Caps game last Tuesday. (Photo via maria-kirilenko)

Alex Ovechkin’s main squeeze is a big deal. Maria Kirilenko is ranked 19th in the world in women’s singles tennis. Like her fiance, she is a serious competitor and a world traveler– playing tournaments all around the globe every year. Alex and Maria have a lot in common– except for location. In a recent interview with Glamour Magazine, Kirilenko details how she and Ovi keep in touch when they’re apart (it involves selfies) and how she manages her competitive spirit.

I have your translation below.

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College sweethearts Mick Klock and Haley Buckheit are huge Washington Capitals fans. Their first real date was Game One of the Caps/Rangers playoff series last year. Mick was already a huge fan of the sport, and after that night Haley was one too.

Since then, the couple, who both live in Pennsylvania, have come down to D.C. for Caps games and bought a partial season ticket plan with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.

Mick and Haley wanted to have a couple’s Halloween costume, preferably one that honored their favorite team. They decided to dress up as supercouple Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko. Their costumes are perfect from the blacked-out tooth to the tennis racket.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is getting married to Maria Kirilenko. We know that; there’s a ring. But what about the date? Up until now, there has been nothing but speculation and rumors. Some of those rumors, to Ovi’s bemusement, implied that he had allegedly cancelled or postponed the wedding. A few days ago Ovechkin promised Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov a call as soon as the date is set.

Enter Troy Brouwer, who spoke to another Sovetsky Sport reporter, Leonid Varshavsky, on Tuesday.

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On Friday (but taped on Tuesday), Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin appeared on Russian Channel One’s late night show, Evening Urgant. Hosted by popular comedian (and actor and musician) Ivan Urgant, the show — which closely resembles Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno — features jokes and skits from Urgant, celebrity interviews, and musical guests.

The Russian machine, making his first appearance on a late-night show in his career, spoke about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi and revealed more about his engagement to Maria Kirilenko. For example: Ovi allowed her to pick out a ring before he took the plunge. “So, she chose the ring,” Ovechkin explained. “I never said that I’m gonna propose on that day. Just pick a ring. I’ll think about if I’ll buy it or not.”

Ovechkin participated in skits as well. Ovi used a hockey stick (with a spoon taped to the blade) to feed Urgant tiramisu pie. “The stick may not only be a weapon,” Urgant joked. The interview continued while they fed each other. Wacky.

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Way back in September of 2011, Alex Ovechkin was in New York City for a preseason press junket with a bunch of other NHL stars. I’m sure you remember the event: Ovi wore a Nike t-shirt (an unsightly one at that) to what was basically a Versace event.

Ovechkin was still given the royal treatment anyway, landing free tickets to the US Open. Ovechkin had never been to a tennis match, but something deep inside Ovi’s considerable core must have told him he should go.

“Destiny,” Ovechkin later said of that very important decision to Sports Illustrated’s Sarah Kwak. “I believe in destiny.”

Kwak explains what happened next in her feature for SI.

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Early this morning, before North America woke up, Alex Ovechkin tweeted out a photo of Maria Kirilenko and himself. “The best vacation in the world!!,” the message read with typical ovithusiasm. “#MardanPalace thx u !!!president room))hahaha [sic unbelievable]”

As RMNB’s Senior Vacation Reporter, my mind was filled with questions like where is Mardan Palace? What is the President’s Room like? And is that chair literally made out of gold?

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There was once a time when an Alex Ovechkin vacation meant adult beverages, funny hats, and a throng of dancing women. That was the old Ovi. The new Ovi is a refined gentleman. He shaves, wears color-coordinated beach outfits, and does the Titanic pose in Twitter photos with his fiancee.

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Six years ago, July 1st, 2007, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee signed veteran Russian forward Viktor Kozlov from the New York Islanders to a two-year, $5 million deal. It proved to be a wise move. Kozlov played on the Caps’ first line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, scoring 29 goals and tallying 94 points in 148 games. Ovechkin won the Rocket Richard and Hart trophies both seasons he was paired with Kozlov.

They’re still bros today. Ovechkin attended Kozlov’s wedding on Free Agent Frenzy Friday with fiancée Maria Kirilenko. I’d give you more juicy details about the wedding, but both Fedor and Igor, who can actually understand the Russian interwebs, are traveling today.

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Here’s a Picture of Alex Ovechkin Holding a Cat

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RMNB has hit the pageview bifecta today. First, news broke that Jeff Schultz will be bought out. Now, Maria Kirilenko has published a heavily filtered photo of Alex Ovechkin holding a cat.

It’s no Eli Manning holding a tiny bucket, but it’ll do. Ahh, summer content.

Photo via @mkirilenko

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On Tuesday afternoon, with her fiancée Alex Ovechkin in attendance, Maria Kirilenko was upset in Wimbledon’s first round by Britain’s Laura Robson. Kirilenko, ranked in the top ten for the first time in her career, uncharacteristically lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

The next day, the Daily Mail published a story stating that Wimbledon officials barred Ovi from working out at the Wimbledon gym — a problem that golf superstar and perm lover Rory McIlroy, boyfriend of Caroline Wozniacki, did not encounter. Maria reportedly (and understandably) was not pleased.

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