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Evgeny Kuznetsov Could Use Some Support

from Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post,

What Evgeny Kuznetsov needs right now isn’t wrath or scorn but support. The three-game suspension the NHL handed the Washington Capitals forward Saturday was a punishment. What he needs is a path forward. The good news for Kuznetsov: He — and no one else — will determine whether that path is a direct line to becoming a consistent, accountable, productive professional or whether it’s the meandering and (occasionally) maddening route his career has been on thus far.

Even after Kuznetsov faced questions from the media and spoke for the first time since he tested positive for cocaine during the world championships in May, there’s only so much we can know. Is he someone who used the drug once, regretted it and moved on? Or does he have a problem for which he needs help?...

Forget that he didn’t address that issue in his statement. This isn’t a time for condemnation, because whether he dabbled and put it down or was a regular user, he has been outed. That has the benefit of being good for Kuznetsov personally and professionally because he can get himself right. It also, in a roundabout way, can be good for the Capitals. Regardless of the magnitude of the problem — minuscule or major — exposure was the best route to making sure Kuznetsov acts, each and every day, not only like one of the centerpieces of an organization that has entrusted him with much money and responsibility but also like a 27-year-old father of two, a more important role.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov Suspended Three Games

NEW YORK (Sept. 14, 2019) – The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended, without pay, for three regular-season games for inappropriate conduct. The Commissioner’s determination came following an in-person meeting in New York on Monday, Sept. 9 with Kuznetsov and NHLPA representatives.

Kuznetsov has informed the League through the NHLPA that he will not be appealing his suspension. The League will have no further comment.

added 11:02am,

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has released the following statement on the National Hockey League’s three game suspension:

“I have decided to accept the NHL’s suspension today. I am once again sorry that I have disappointed my family, my teammates, and the Capitals organization and fans. I promise to do everything in my power to win you back with my actions both on and off the ice. I also understand that I am fortunate to have an opportunity to make things right. Thanks to the Capitals, NHL, and NHLPA, I have taken many steps in the right direction and I’m confident that I will continue on that path. I am grateful for everyone’s support and I’m looking to move forward from this point. While I can appreciate that people may have additional questions, I will not be commenting further on this matter.”

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Video- Top Alex Ovechkin Moments

The top 10 Alex Ovechin monments, the off-ice edition.


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Video- Alex Ovechkin On A Few Topics

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Alex Ovechkin joins Tim and Sid to discuss several topics including NHL players going to the Olympics, Wayne Gretzky's goal record, and how motivated he is to win the Stanley Cup a second time with the Washington Capitals.


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Video- Season Preview For The Washington Capitals

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The Washington Capitals probably didn't need a reminder of how difficult it is to win the Stanley Cup.

They hadn't advanced past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1998 before winning their first championship in 2018.

But if the Capitals thought they had it all figured out after that, having their repeat bid ended by the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference First Round last season provided another lesson they hope will help them in their quest to get the Cup back this season. That the Cup no longer belongs to the Capitals will be driven home again when they watch the St. Louis Blues raise their first Stanley Cup banner prior to their season opener at Enterprise Center on Oct. 2.

"We always want to win and we always want to try to catch that Stanley Cup," center Nicklas Backstrom said. "That's our goal, and that has been our goal for so many years. … All the core guys are here, and I think we've got a good drive in our group with some new, younger players. I think it's perfect. You need a good mix of everything if you're going to go all the way, so why not do it again?"


Wateh the season preview on the Caps below.

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IIHF Suspends Evgeny Kuznetsov For Four Years Due To Cocaine Use

via IIHF.com,

The IIHF has suspended Russian ice hockey player Yevgeni Kuznetsov for a violation of World Anti-Doping Code Article 2.1 (Presence of a Prohibited Substance).

The case concerns a test indicating a prohibited substance, cocaine, according to section S6.a (non-specified substance) of the World Anti-Doping Code 2019 Prohibited List. The prohibited substance was found in a doping control which occurred on 26 May 2019 at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

The player didn’t require the analysis of his B-sample and was provisionally suspended on 13th June 2019.

The period of ineligibility to be imposed shall be four years, concluding on 12th June 2023.

Per Russian Machine Never Breaks, Kuznetsov did a purge of his Instagram account.

added 8:53am, Back in late May, Kuznetsov addressed the issue.

added 9:31am, Statement from Bill Daly below.

added 9:41am, Statement from the Caps and Kutznetsov below.

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Sergey Kocharov, VP of Communications For The Capitals Hit The Jackpot

from Matthew Paras of the Washington Times,

The Washington Capitals’ main spokesman won $1 million from a July 27 Powerball drawing, according to the Virginia Lottery.

Sergey Kocharov, the Capitals’ vice president of communications, bought five lottery tickets on an impulse when at Harris Teeter on Kings Mill Lane, letting the computer randomly select his numbers. One of Kocharov’s tickets hit the first five numbers: 1-19-31-48-61.

“I was surprised,” Kocharov said in a press release. “I always hear about jackpot wins. It feels great!”

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Video- Top Alex Ovechkin Plays

6 1/2 minutes to watch the top 10 plays all-time from Ovechkin.


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Video- Alex Ovechkin In China

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Ambassador Ovechkin

from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin will visit China the week of August 4th serving as an international ambassador for the League. Ovechkin's trip to Beijing will include youth hockey clinics, a media tour and business development meetings.

"It is a huge honor for me to be an ambassador for the entire Washington Capitals organization and the National Hockey League for this special trip to China," Ovechkin said. "I think it is very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is. I can't wait to spend time with all the hockey fans there and I hope to meet young kids who will be future NHL players. I can't wait for this trip!"...

"We are very excited that Alex Ovechkin will be joining us in China this summer," David Proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media and International Strategy said. "Alex represents the best in sports, as he epitomizes that combination of great talent, great personality and great sportsmanship. He is the perfect person to represent the NHL's efforts to grow hockey in China."


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