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by Paul on 01/25/09 at 12:21 AM ET
Q. Alex, where did you get the idea to do the hat and the glasses?
ALEX OVECHKIN: Well, it was last night. I talked actually with Nate about it, and I said it’s going to be fun, and you have to try it.
Q. Can you just comment on, it seems like you really enjoy the spotlight and playing up to the crowd. Do you think hockey needs a little bit more of that?
ALEX OVECHKIN: Well, I think, you know, fans have to see how we are, who we are, you know. They see our skills and, I think the last trick like was just for fun. I think fans love it.
Q. I’ve seen you try that shot, the Phoenix goal from the back a few times in practice as well, and you’ve never been able to do it. Are you just going to quit? Was that just a one?time thing?
ALEX OVECHKIN: It’s one time, and it’s, it goes in, and right now I feel like no more time (laughing). No more try.
Q. On that shot when you used the two sticks, did you think about all of it, including using the two sticks or did you just think about the hat?
ALEX OVECHKIN: Yeah, I think the hat was just one piece of my trick. But I think, it’s same skill. You know, I try to use different stick, and then I try to use it left shot, but, you know, it was in, so I was pretty happy.
Q. How did you go about getting Evgeni’s help for the little skit?
ALEX OVECHKIN: Nothing. It’s during the bench. Coach helped me. So coach said okay, let’s do ?? Malkin give me water, put hat, like clean my sunglasses, and give me some water, and give me his stick. So I think it’s ?? it was pretty fun.
Q. What’s going through your mind when you’re stepping into that second attempt there?
ZDENO CHARA: To shoot even harder than the first one. Simple as that. I knew I would have to put another really hard shot, and basically I gave it all I had, and I’m just glad it worked out.
Q. Can you talk about the Right to Play, how you got connected with that, and why it appeals to you? And how the charitable end of this competition, I understand you sort of challenged the rest of the guys, and the PA put in some money, and the League put in some money. Can you talk a bit about that, please?
ZDENO CHARA: Basically, I got involved like talking to my teammates Andrew Ference, he’s been involved with Right to Play the year before I joined the Right to Play. Simply by spreading the message.
I really liked the idea of coming to Africa, seeing the locations, how they are trying to help children and families. I really like to be involved, and I think it’s just a great charity program, and I’m just really happy to be part of it.
Today is a very special day. Hopefully we can spread this even further to the future. Again, I’m very, very thankful to all of the players, the hockey clubs, NHL, and NHLPA for donating money, and hopefully we can do this every year, every All?Star. You know, it’s for a good cause, so thank you.
Q. Had you ever been clocked at that high before? I mean, that’s quite an impressive shot. Had you ever gone that high before when you were clocked?
ZDENO CHARA: No. That’s the highest I’ve ever shot it. I’ve been few times around 103, 104, 102. You know, you always want to shoot the hardest shot, but always it’s the All?Star record, so I’m very happy.
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