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.
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.
Not winning the shiny Roland Garros trophy isn’t the end of the world. As of next week, Maria will break into the WTA’s top-10 rankings for the first time in her career. The highest she’s ever been ranked previously was 12th. Do we credit Ovechkin’s cheering? We credit Ovechkin’s cheering.
Ovechkin showing NHL oficials how it’s done. Maria McEnroe-ing. (Photo credit: @ovi8)
Now that Alex Ovechkin‘s season is over, it’s time for the world’s greatest hockey player to morph back into the world’sgreatestcheerleader. The French Open begins on Monday, so Ovi and fiancée Maria Kirilenko arrived in Paris this weekend, and romance was in the air.
Alex Ovechkin and rap music go together like cheese whiz and nachos. His cameo in Sasha Belyi’s Championwas such a hit with our readers, we had to buy four extra mice to run on those little wheels to power our web servers. And on Wednesday, using Maria Kirilenko’s iPhone, Ovi and his crew put their hoods up and gyrated to Drake’s Started From The Bottom. And here I was thinking we’d have nothing to post during the four-day break.
A few days ago, when the Caps clinched the Southeast division, Alex Ovechkin was asked how the team celebrated. “Yeah, like, we went to the bar. I got home at 7 in the morning. I get hammered,” Ovechkin deadpanned to The Washington Post’s Katie Carrera. “That’s kind of Russian celebration.” Well on his day off after winning the Rocket Richard trophy, Ovi had another early morning Russian celebration, this time putting on sneakers, grey shorts, a zip-up hoodie, and a Caps floppy hat given away on Fan Appreciation night and played tennis with his fiancée Maria Kirilenko. Adorbs. This is pretty much the same attire I wear on Sundays too.
Tonight, the Washington Capitals are holding their annual season ticket holder party at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Over the years, the event has produced classic moments such as Alex Semin speaking English on video for the first time ever and the entire team riding a roller coaster. So far this evening, we have already been treated to a photo of Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko posing just before they rode on the Superman roller coaster.
For those of you at the event tonight, tweet or email us your favorite photos from the event and we’ll publish our favorites as the night goes along. RMNB readers, put on your fedoras and get out your fancy mobile phones. You haves some investigative reporting to do for us!