Alex Ovechkin Wants To Finish His Hockey Career With Dynamo Moscow After His NHL Career Is Done

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Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin expressed his intention to end his hockey playing career with Dynamo Moscow after his NHL career is complete. Ovechkin discussed his long range plans during a recent interview with Russian Television International (RTVI).

You may recall that Ovechkin is a former player of the blue and white. He left Dynamo Moscow in 2005 to play in the NHL and returned for one season during the NHL lockout season (2012/2013).

“There are certain goals that I want to achieve after my career. But my career is not over yet. I’m still in my prime. I think I will definitely play for a few more years. God grant that my health is good. I would finish in Russia at Dynamo Moscow.”

The interviewer asked if Ovechkin was kidding.

“No. I really want to come back and end my career at Dynamo Moscow. After a certain number of years that I will spend, God willing, in Washington.”

Ovechkin, who is in his final year of his current deal with the Capitals, also shed some light on his next potential contract with the Capitals. He was also asked what if he was offered more money from another team.

“It’s not a question of money. It’s a matter of principle: I played for only two teams – Dynamo and Washington. It is clear, in two, three, four years, maybe five, I will end my career in Washington. I want to end on a beautiful note – to play the last match for Moscow Dynamo,” said Ovechkin.

To be clear, in no way did Ovechkin intimate that Dynamo Moscow was an option he was considering in lieu of re-signing with the Capitals. Ovechkin was clear that his goal was to play for Dynamo following his playing career with the Capitals, “in two, three, four, maybe five years.”

Ovechkin, who is home in Moscow during the fall months for the first time in many years, has been spending time at Dynamo Moscow’s practices in recent days, and also attended a game with his family this past weekend.

[Above, Alex Ovechkin skates with Dynamo Moscow players during a practice on October 27. Below, Alex, wife Nastya and son Sergei take in a Dynamo Moscow game this past Sunday in Moscow]

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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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12 Responses to Alex Ovechkin Wants To Finish His Hockey Career With Dynamo Moscow After His NHL Career Is Done

  1. hockeydruid says:

    IF he signs a new contract with the Caps I bet is only for 4 years as that is what is left on Backstroms contract. I know that the Caps need the dollars that Ovie brings in but maybe now is the time to let him go, after this season, and start a rebuild. If they are just keeping him to break Gretzkys record, I am wondering if that will happen. Due to various work stoppages he will have missed close to 2 full seasons and he is now 188 goals behind to tiw and 189 to pass. That comes out to 47/48 goals a year ovr the next 4 years to pass and this coming year will not have 82 games. Its sad that without the virus he would have had a chance. So maybe letting him go in the expansion draft would be a good idea as that way he might have a chance as he would be their #1 scoring option all the time.

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  9. Scottlew73 says:

    Jeez wish I could remember the name of the guy who was talking about Swedish players returning home after NHL career to play with thier club teams…hum kind of prophet about players from overseas doing this….,just can’t remember his name???….. Huum….

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