Alex Ovechkin has already been on the ice in his home country of Russia as he gears up for another Washington Capitals season. Taking part in his Ovechkin Cup tournament, Ovechkin made an on ice appearance in a friendly along with his four year old son Sergei, who is turning five very soon.
On Saturday in a game between “hockey legends” and “bloggers”, the father son duo combined for four of the legends 10 goals. Ovi Jr. had a primary assist on one of his dad’s goals.
Here’s a goal from Ovi Jr.
The Sergei assist to papa came when the future 2036 NHL Draft pick found a loose puck in the slot. He shot it off the goaltenders pad and the rebound went to his dad. Alex would then poke it in.
The “legends” team featured Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov’s recent international completion ban was lifted as the four years was up. He can compete for Team Russia in Olympic or World competition or whatever the NHL decides to do.
A few days prior Ovechkin did something really cool. He did a shootout goal through his legs. Something he’s never done before in an NHL game.
Ovechkin recently spoke with MatchTV and touched on a variety of topics. We’ll go more in depth on that in another piece but I’ll give you the gist of it now. The interview was in Russian but Ovechkin’s quotes are translated via Google translate.
When asked about training, Ovechkin said, “Everything is going according to plan.”
"“I can’t predict how long it will take… God [knows]. Let’s see if I feel good. We’ll see. In every interview I’ve been giving over the past two years, someone will definitely ask about the record. Of course, I would like to do it. I once said it was unrealistic. I still doubt that this is possible, but I will make every effort to get to this number.”"
With the conclusion of the Ovechkin Cup it may only be a matter of time before Alex Ovechkin lands back in the D.C. area. Players should start coming back to town the next couple weeks.