Alex Ovechkin Returns to Kettler

After landing at Dulles Airport yesterday, Alex Ovechin returned to Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday morning to join several Capitals teammates in initial preparations for the 2017-2018 season. Ovechkin showed no signs of jet lag and looked like he was in great shape as he enters his 13th season in the NHL. 

Other Capitals players on the ice this morning at Kettler included: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dimitry Orlov, Philipp Grubauer, Lucas Johansen, Connor Hobbs, Jonas Siegenthaler, Vitek Vanecek, Nathan Walker and Sam Anas, Minnesota Wild prospect from Maryland.

Ovechkin showed a lot of speed this morning on his drives to the net.

Especially on the breakaway.

Ovechkin also showed some great defense.

And some solid puck control between two defenders.

Ovechkin had quite the offseason. He met soccer legend Pele, dressed up as Darth Vader in a commercial for charity and married his fiance Nastasiya.

Ovechkin is coming off a rough season in which he scored just 33 goals. For other players, 33 goals is a good number but for a superstar who’s scored at least 40-50 goals in all but two seasons excluding last year, it can be abnormal.

Being at Kettler on the 29th day of August, this was one of the earlier times Ovechkin has reported to D.C. He usually arrived the weekend before training camp starts in seasons past. As a 31 year-old Ovechkin showed no signs of aging this morning and Tarik El Bashir over at CSN confirmed from Evgeny Kuznetsov that he appears slimmer. Now that he’s back on the ice working out, he won’t be out of shape anytime soon.

We got more from this morning at Kettler later today.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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7 Responses to Alex Ovechkin Returns to Kettler

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Good signs from #8

    Like

  2. He was FLYING all over the ice this morning. And coming Kettler early when it’s not even September yet shows the mark of a true leader

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