Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin was back on the ice at Pines Ice Arena in Pembroke Pines, Florida on Thursday. As we first reported last week, Ovechkin has been skating at the Miami area rink for a while now. Ovechkin remains in Florida following the birth of his second son, Ilya, on May 27. Today he was joined by a few more Russians on the ice.
Also participating in today’s workout were Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers), Nikita Zadorov (Colorado Avalanche), Darius Kasparitis (NHL retired), Vladimir Denisov (AHL, KHL), Peter Schastlivy (NHL/KHL) and Evgenii Dadonov (Florida Panthers).
Under phase 2, clubs are permitted to reopen their training facilities in their home city starting Monday, June 8, to allow players to participate in individualized training activities (off-ice and on-ice).
Players will be participating on a voluntary basis and will be scheduled to small groups (i.e., a maximum of six players at any one time, plus a limited number of club staff).
Because participation in phase 2 is completely voluntary, many players have been working out in place, wherever they are located, which is encouraged by the league.
Scenes from Pines Ice Arena
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Well, as long as everyone is asking – here is more. Just wanted to say that was truly inspired today by the meeting @dkasparaitis What a fantastic mental and physical shape this guy is! Starting with next week ( right after the birthday party I will be back on Ice first time since 30 years ago. Will try to catch up with @dkasparaitis 😂 Thank you for inspiration, Darius! 🙏