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A Quiet Ovechkin

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

...At the world championships, currently being held in Germany, Ovechkin is back to being silent. Apparently, the Russian paparazzi took videos of some players smoking cigarettes. And in response, Ovechkin and the rest of the team has decided the boycott all Russian reporters.

Even if this is a team policy, it is inexcusable.

We like Ovechkin. We really do. We think he is one of the most talented players to have ever played in the NHL. And the fact that he decided to represent Russia after being eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs shows his dedication to the sport.

But the NHL needs him to be more than just a goal-scorer. They need him to entertain. They need him to be available to the media after every win or loss. They need him to wear silly hats and sing silly jingles.

But, most importantly, they need him to talk.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, team+russia


Alan's avatar

Not sure what the problem is here. The Russians don’t want to talk to their media. Big deal. Get over it.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/18/10 at 04:17 PM ET

Greg's avatar

Face of the League. 

Its got nothing to do with those photos, the Russians wouldn’t talk at the Olympics either….

Posted by Greg on 05/18/10 at 04:27 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Some have compared him to the villain Jaws from the old James Bond movies. Others believe he more closely resembles the cavemen from those GEICO commercials.

LOL  Oh damn.  LOL  This is something a Caps hater would write in the comment section of a blog, not an article from the MSHM. I do love how he distances himself from the personal attack by using the phrase “Some say” . Yeah right, YOU, you’re part of the some..

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/18/10 at 04:43 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

I must confess I’ve been part of the some too. red face

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/18/10 at 04:45 PM ET

Randy from Butler PA's avatar

Who cares. Let Ovechkin be Ovechkin. Mario was not and still not very outgoing with the media unless he wanted to be or needed to be.  He is great on the ice and that is all that should matter. Crosby may be the face of the NHL because they made him and he has been preparing since he was 13 yrs old. Ovechkin doesn’t have to be so it is up to him how much exposure he wants

Posted by Randy from Butler PA on 05/18/10 at 05:06 PM ET

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