Ovechkin won’t join Russia at Worlds due to lower-body injury

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation confirmed today that Alex Ovechkin won’t join Russia at Worlds due to a “lower-body injury”. 

The Federation’s statement said:

“Forward Alexander Ovechkin cannot join the team at the World Championship because of a lower-body injury. Russia’s coaches contacted three Washington players, with all of them agreeing to travel to the tournament. However, during a conversation with coaches, Alexander Ovechkin stated that he is ready to join the team immediately as he always does, but doesn’t want to let the team down because he finished the NHL playoffs on pain-numbing injections.”

The statement also announced that Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov were “called up” to join the team.

The Federation’s statement can be read here.

May have suspected that Ovechkin’s collision with the Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri in the first round of the playoffs may have been more damaging than originally reported.

The Capitals will hold “break-down day” on Friday, where we will likely learn more about specific player injuries.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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