Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is back in town.
And Alex Ovechkin looks better than ever. Like he hasn’t skipped a beat since the last Washington Capitals game in March. The team tweeted out a video of him taking the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex with his teammates and boy does it get us even more excited about the return of hockey.
Ovechkin, 34 years of age, continues to prove that age is just a number. He’s shown zero signs of slowing down throughout the season and the long rest can only benefit the left winger who turns 35 on September 17th.
Before the season was cut short, Ovechkin was tied with David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins with 48 goals on the year. When the season hit a pause button, it didn’t stop the great eight from training in addition to spending time with his family. Luckily he had his personal trainer Pavel Burlachenko on hand with him throughout the break so he’s still in tip top shape.
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As you can expect, Ovechkin was flying all over the ice at MedStar, screaming “WOOOOO” repeatedly. In the video below you can see Ovechkin doing drills, racing down the ice, and smiling throughout the on-ice workout session.
He rejoined his teammates Lars Eller, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Garnet Hathaway as well as a pair of assistant coaches. Saturday’s session, according to Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic, was the biggest group to date.
Ovechkin spent the early part of quarantine in D.C. before his family headed to his Miami home. While down in the Sunshine State, Ovechkin was training with a group of current and former NHLers at a Pembroke Pines rink.
On Thursday before Ovechkin took the ice he filmed his son Sergei whiffing backhanded shots with one of Ovechkin’s sticks into the net. He seems to have graduated from the small stick and is ready to be a future NHL star.
Back to Ovechkin, who is a man on a mission looking to lead the Caps to another Stanley Cup. One question we are wondering is how he’ll look during the upcoming Round Robin with the long layoff. With the way the team played inconsistently at the turn of the calendar, the long break can only help him.
Here is the video above, the content we all have been waiting for.
It’s great seeing Ovi back in town and more players are expected to trickle in as the team gears up for a July 10 training camp start date. In the meantime, the king is back.