News broke on Tuesday morning that Alex Ovechkin had suffered a recent lower body injury, and that his status for the World Cup of Hockey was questionable.
The news that Ovechkin was injured originally surfaced in Moscow via a reporter covering the Russian National team.
Ovechkin was quick to respond and negate the rumors via his Instagram account, posting a video of him skating this morning, and at the end of the video stating “Do not believe the rumors, I am getting ready, peace!”.
By Jon Sorensen
Sergey Kocharov, head of Washington Capitals Public Relations, also released a statement via his Twitter account this morning:
The Russian Hockey Federation was also quick to squash the rumor:
Russian hockey federation denies media report that Ovechkin has a lower body injury and could miss the World Cup. https://t.co/bCZdBxoGAx
— Gabrielle T-F (@gabrielletf) August 9, 2016
The World Cup of Hockey runs from September 17th through October 1st in Toronto, Canada. Practices and pre-tournament games begin in early September.