Russian Style

As the Caps and the various media types trickled out of Verizon Center after Thursday’s practice, it was impossible not to notice the irrepressible Alex Ovechkin. On the eve of playing in his 100th NHL game, Ovechkin was rattily attired in black track pants with side stripes as wide as F Street, fire engine red sneakers, fire engine red t-shirt. And a blue necktie, which, as we all know, is quite a good look when paired with a t-shirt.

So Ovie, what’s up with that?

“It’s Russian style,” was the reply.

Not exactly. But I’ll tell you what is Russian style.

Nate Ewell, the Caps’ crack director of media relations, was talking to Ovie after practice this morning. Nate was running down the lengthy list of media “obligations” for Ovie for the upcoming week. “So and so wants to talk to you Friday, and these guys are sending out a crew on Saturday. You’ve got a 4:30 call on Monday with this radio station and an interview with this guy from this city after practice on Tuesday.” There are often multiple demands/requests for the 21-year-old winger’s time every day. So it’s not an insignificant list.

Ovie soaks it all in. Then he says, “I have question for you.” Now it’s Nate who is doing the listening. “Can I meet the Crazy 8s? I want to meet them and shake their hands.”

Ovechkin created “Alex Ovechkin’s Crazy 8s” just prior to the season. It’s a program where he donates eight season tickets to every game to Most Valuable Kids. MVK in turn distributes the ducats to underserved children and area soldiers.

It’s a nice enough gesture to want to share tickets and the Capitals/hockey experience with those less fortunate. But the guy “gets it” so well that he actually wants to go one better, and have the ticket recipients come downstairs to meet him after the game.

That’s Russian Style.

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10 Comments on “Russian Style”

  1. fatdaddy Says:

    Argh. What a disappointing loss to the Bruins last night. I guess you could call it karmic retribution for the Caps’ win in Florida: the Caps dominated large stretches of the game, but could not put away several easy chances. Zubrus missed two slam dunks, Semin missed one and hit the post on another, the Big O had a couple cracks that could easily have gone in… That was a game they should have won.

    I planned to pay particular attention to Mike Green, but my picture quality was poorer than normal, and the black unis do not show the numbers well…so I didn’t.

    After Zubrus’ goal tied it up, I confidently waited for the Caps to salt the game away – maybe next time, eh?

  2. dumpnchase Says:

    It certainly was a disapointing loss. I felt like Thomas looked uncomfortable and shaky all night and the Caps let him off the hook. Nice that they came back from two goals down, but I really thought they were gonna win that one long before the end of regulation.

  3. JLO Says:

    What a classy guy.

    I know some have raised doubts over Ovechkin’s firing of his agent in favor of his mother but, somehow, I don’t see him being one of those gimme-gimme players that demands the league maximum or holds out because of money.

  4. Absaraka Says:

    Alex and Alex didn’t bring their A game against the B’s, and now we C what that can cause. Meanwhile, the D was suspect, and the Caps couldn’t score at E-ven strength. It’s going to take more F-fort than that to make it deep into the playoffs. And G, do you think they’re having trouble with this whole shootout thing? What the H is going on with that? I think if it gets any worse, they should send the backup goalie out there to take a shootout shot…J/K!! Whatever L-ement Ovie had in his first few shootouts last year seems to have gone M-IA. What really N-furiated me about that game was that even-strength O. Some of those scoring chances P-tered out too quickly, while every time the Caps took a good shot, it got stopped, right on Q. Meanwhile, it was another R-duous night between the pipes for Olie–who remains, as ever, an S-sential part of the team’s hopes. He had every right to be T-ed off at having to face another shootout, I think–but what say U? Anyway, we’re going to go up to Beantown this Saturday and show them the meaning of V for vendetta: I’ll be willing to bet the Caps come back from Boston with a convincing W. Anyway, time for me to X out of of my browser. Y? Because if I’m going to be at my loudest tomorrow night at the Phone Booth, I’ve got to get some Z’s.

    One final thought: if there was ever any doubt that AO was a class act through and through, this ought to put that forever to rest.

  5. PlayoffSeeker Says:

    Hey Dump&Chase,

    I know you have an in with the team and all, can you do us Caps fans a big favor? Next time you’re around the coach, suggest giving the guys a little bit more practice for the shootout. I mean, I know it’s real difficult for him to figure out, but they haven’t yet won a shootout, not to mention EVEN SCORE A GOAL in a shootout! WTF’s going on!? I know it’s real hard to score with no one defending you and all but c’mon guys, PICK IT UP!! you beat the Rangers at the Garden, YOU SHOULDN’T BE LOSING TO THE BRUINS at HOME!!!!!

  6. Antix Says:

    PlayoffSeeker -

    Perhaps you should check the scores.

    The Caps season opener against the Rangers was at the Garden, and the Caps lost. The Caps did, however, beat the Rangers, but it was at the Phonebooth, not up at MSG.

  7. PlayoffSeeker Says:

    You’re right, i’m wrong, my apologies….Perhaps my point wasn’t strong enough that they are the worst shootout team in the entire league, you’re here nit picking my comment. I appreciate your honesty in correcting my statement, but not for nothing, it’s not going to help them in the shootout whether i was right or not. I don’t mean to blow up on you man, but if you’re a True Caps fan, you’d be annoyed that they’re giving games away due to their lack of shootout skills. Instead you’re on here critiquing my statement. Perhaps you should ask yourself why you bothered to comment on where they played, I accidently mixed up the home rink i’m sure you’re not the only one to catch on to it, but i’m sure everyone else who realized didn’t care enough to POST that i should CHECK THE SCORES. Maybe while you’re checking the scores you should formulate an opinion about how crappy they’ve been playing out of regulation, but then again I wouldn’t want you to post something everyone else already knows, but that seems to be your thing.

    If you’re going to Post, Post something of Substance, dont tell a fellow fan to CHECK THE SCORES. That’s disrespect.

  8. Absaraka Says:

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, cool it, you two. This isn’t the place for a flamewar. :)

    Antix, you’re right about who got the wins in which building. But could you have pointed that out a bit more diplomatically?

    PlayoffSeeker, you’re absolutely right that the Caps aren’t getting it done in the shootout. But did you need to go to that kind of length to defend yourself?

    We’re all Caps fans, and we’re all on the same side. We don’t need to be dropping the gloves amongst ourselves: let’s save it for the Thrashers next Wednesday night. ;) I’m not going to ask you two to join hands and sing Kumbaya, but I’d suggest you both dial it down a bit before admin has to start handing out offsetting majors. :)

    Can’t we all just get along? ;D

  9. PlayoffSeeker Says:

    Agreed. :-) Lets wreck those Thrashers WEDS. then celebrate with Turkey on Thursday!


  10. [...] Let’s begin with our superstar. Everyone knows about his scoring ability and willingness to deliver a check. Many, especially those outside the Washington area, may not know about him off the ice. In his blog, Dump and Chase, WashingtonCaps.com Senior Writer Mike Vogel recently wrote about a simple request that speaks volumes: Nate Ewell, the Caps’ crack director of media relations, was talking to Ovie after practice this morning. Nate was running down the lengthy list of media “obligations” for Ovie for the upcoming week. “So and so wants to talk to you Friday, and these guys are sending out a crew on Saturday. You’ve got a 4:30 call on Monday with this radio station and an interview with this guy from this city after practice on Tuesday.” There are often multiple demands/requests for the 21-year-old winger’s time every day. So it’s not an insignificant list. [...]


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