After being named one of the top 100 players of all-time, Alex Ovechkin spoke to reporters. He called it the biggest honor of his career.
“To be in this company, it’s incredible,” Ovechkin said to CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Tarik El-Bashir. “All the legends – and you’re one of them. It’s unbelievable.”
Ovechkin then mingled and took photographs with, as he described it, the “best of the best.”
Early Friday, Alex Ovechkin arrived in Los Angeles for the 2017 All-Star Weekend and has kept himself busy ever since. In the afternoon, Ovechkin filmed a commercial for Beats By Dre.
In the evening, Ovechkin traveled to the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles ahead of the NHL’s Top 100 Ceremony. While he had a free moment before the ceremony, Ovechkin, who is expected to be on that prestigious list, posed with his Olympic gold medal-winning mother Tatyana, his wife Nastya, his older brother Mikhail, and his father Mikhail.
After scoring his 20th goal of the season last night, Alex Ovechkin became a distinguished member of the 1,000-point club. 84 players in NHL history have reached the 1,000-point plateau, but only four of them are Russian: Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny, Alex Kovalev, and now, the Russian machine.
One of those all-time greats, Sergei Fedorov, spoke with Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Panyshev and had some very kind words for his former Caps teammate.
Wednesday morning after practice, Alex Ovechkin met with the media and discussed his march to 1,000 points. With a goal or assist tonight, Ovechkin will hit the historic milestone against the team’s biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on national TV.
Ovechkin reflected on his career, looked forward to his family being at the game, and also mentioned how honored he would be to join fellow Russian Sergei Fedorov in the record books.
“Yeah, it’s small, but it’s a very legendary club,” Ovechkin said. “I got lucky to play with Fedorov for a couple years and knowing him as a person. It would be nice to be with him in the same company.”
Fedorov was one of Ovechkin’s favorite players growing up as a kid.
Photos: Russian Hockey Federation
Sunday at the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow, the International Ice Hockey Federation inducted seven new members into its Hall Of Fame. Former Capitals forwards Peter Bondra and Sergei Fedorov were honored along with Valeri Kamenski (player), Ville Peltonen (player), Gabor Ocskay (Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award), Pat Quinn (Builder Category), Ben Smith (Builder Category), and Nikolai Ozerov (Paul Loicq Award).
Monday night, former Capitals Sergei Fedorov and Phil Housley were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Though the two legends only played a combined 211 games in Washington, they both played important roles on the team.
Through 2007-09, Fedorov mentored young Russians Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin, while primarily centering the team’s second line. Feds also scored one of the biggest and most exciting goals in franchise history.
Meanwhile, Housley tallied 71 points in 141 games (1996-98). The Capitals made their only Stanley Cup Final appearance during Housley’s final season in Washington.
Fedorov and Housley join Adam Oates (2012), Dino Ciccarelli (2010), Scott Stevens (2007), Larry Murphy (2004), Rod Langway (2002), and Mike Gartner (2000) as the only other Capitals to be inducted to the Hall of Fame this century.
Photo: Bruce Bennett
Over the next few years, Alex Ovechkin will take his place among the greatest hockey players ever. Last Tuesday, he became the first Washington Capital in franchise history to score 900 points. According to the New York Times, Ovechkin’s next big accomplishment will be the Russian NHL goal record.
The person in front of him is mentor and former Capital Sergei Fedorov. Ovechkin has scored 480 NHL goals in 766 games. Fedorov, who left the NHL in 2009 and finished his career in the KHL, scored 483 goals in 1,248 games.
Photo credit: Jared Silber
So, it’s the Rangers again. For the fifth time in seven seasons, the Washington Capitals will square off against the folks from Madison Square Garden in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. These series have produced signature moments in Capitals history, such as Sergei Fedorov‘s game seven winner in 2009, and crushing defeats, like when the Rangers outlasted the Capitals by just one goal in game seven of the second round in 2012, booking a spot in the Eastern Conference Final. But, as is their pattern this year, the Washington Capitals will tell you this team is different. They don’t pay attention to the past.
“All that old stuff, get rid of it,” head coach Barry Trotz, in his first year with the Capitals, said. “Let’s look to a new era. Let’s build something.”
Not sure. (Photo: championat.com)
Before getting injured on Sunday by German enforcer Markus Kink, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was having a splendid World Championships. Team Russia, for whom he is captain, is undefeated in six games with a plus-23 goal differential — the highest in the tournament. Ovechkin ranks second in points in the tournament. Plus, he got to ride a tank and shoot off guns and stuff.
Speaking to reporters for twenty minutes on Friday, Ovechkin spoke about a wide range of fun topics. He talked about his duties as captain for Team Russia, his on- and off-again relationship with Evgeni Malkin, and if he’d ever leave for the KHL. Ovechkin also was asked about his upcoming wedding (which, c’mon, that’s inevitable) and his ideal linemates. He really misses Sasha Minor and Sergei.
RMNB’s Igor Kleyner has translated most of the press conference, transcribed by Sport-Express, below.
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