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The Putin Team

from Rick Maese, Isabelle Khurshudyan and Andrew Roth of the Washington Post,

Ovechkin now finds himself awkwardly in the middle of a geopolitical maelstrom — perhaps by his own doing — tugged in multiple directions, just as he has been for much of his extraordinary career.

He has given an unwavering endorsement to a man who U.S. intelligence agencies say sanctioned Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election and whose athletes have drawn the ire of the international Olympic community for a state-sponsored doping scheme. At the same time, Ovechkin insists his advocacy is free of politics.

“I’m not a politic,” Ovechkin said in a recent interview. “I don’t know what’s happening out there. I know it’s a hard situation, but it is what it is. You know, I play here, and this is my second home. I don’t want to fight between two countries, because it’s going to be a mess.”

Ovechkin says the PutinTeam movement was his idea, though there are signs that a Kremlin-backed public-relations firm might have played a role. 

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Alex Ovechkin On Team Putin Social Movement

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

After the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, Ovechkin explained why he decided on this public show of support for Putin.

“I just support my country, you know?” Ovechkin said. “That’s where I’m from, my parents live there, all my friends. Like every human from different countries, they support their president.”

Asked if his support of Putin means translates into a support of Putin’s political ideals, Ovechkin said, “It’s not about political stuff.”

“I don’t try to be politics man or someone like that,” Ovechkin said. “I just support my president and just support my country because I’m from there, and you know, if people from U.S. came to Russia, they care about what happening in U.S. So, I care about what happening in Russia because that’s my home and that’s where I’m from.”


Then we have this from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet (yesterday),

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Eugene Melnyk vs. Vladimir Putin

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is spearheading an international movement to boycott the products of major sponsors, including Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch InBev, until the 2018 World Cup is moved away from Russia.

Melnyk, always outspoken about Russia’s invasion into Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, is livid at the hypocrisy of FIFA — soccer’s governing body — for allowing the country to stage the tournament while Russian president Vladimir Putin is waging war.

“(Putin) has no right to have that,” Melnyk, chairman of the Advisory Committee for United with Ukraine, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Melnyk suggests Putin is trampling on the tournament ideals of global unity and peace.

“It goes against every possible theme of soccer and the World Cup and what it’s supposed to stand for,” he said....

Melnyk’s parents escaped Ukraine and met in Toronto in the early 1950′s and he grew up hearing countless stories about the Soviet invasion of their homeland. His paternal grandmother was thrown out of her home by Soviet officials. Melnyk has supported a variety of causes and charities in Ukraine. He distrusts Putin and worries about the country’s future.


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Afternoon Line

KHL horning in? Not on Vlad’s watch. As soon as he gets here, the KHL becomes the Far East Coast Hockey League.

NHLers in Sochi? They’ll be the only ones allowed to go.

After a while, all other sports will be consumed and then disbanded. Hockey fights will be replaced by ice judo. We will all conform and look happy doing it. Or else.

Having an intransigent strongman in charge of the league sounds risky. But we’ve managing it for a while. Offering his job to a global troublemaker at least has the benefit of doing our future suffering for the greater good.

-Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star "suggesting" Vladimir Putin should be the next NHL commissioner.  Read more on this topic from Kelly...

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Russia’s Prime Minister Hits The Ice

from Seeksha Gurang of Parda Phash,

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is taking training these days from the legends of ice hockey, is doing really well and has scored several goals on Friday at a Moscow arena.

The Russian premier promised to learn to skate well enough to play hockey during a video conference with young Russian sportsmen in February.

During Friday’s training, Putin wore a red-blue uniform with the Russian national emblem. His number was 11….

Putin trained with retired NHL star Pavel “Russian Rocket” Bure, a former head coach of the Russian national hockey team Vyacheslav Bykov and the president of the CSKA ice hockey club Vyacheslav Fetisov.

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