Lars Eller On Alex Ovechkin: “Always. Every Day…He Always Comes In With A Smile On His Face”


It’s no secret to Washington Capitals fans that Alex Ovechkin enjoys what he does for a living. His celebrations for each and every goal (not just his own) provide plenty of insight as to the overall mindset of the 17-year veteran.

Capitals’ center Lars Eller believes Ovechkin is a prime reason for the excellent culture that has been established in Washington. Eller told 106.7 The Fan on Thursday that Ovechkin sets the tone on the team, and makes it fun to come to work everyday.

”Always. Everyday. That’s just his whole attitude towards life, I think. He always comes in with a smile on his face,” said Eller.

The Capitals posted a short video clip on Wednesday that does a good job of showing Ovechkin’s joy at work, even during a fairly mundane Wednesday morning practice in early January.

As noted, Eller also believes Ovechkin is a key reason behind the excellent culture the team has established in recent years.

“It’s contagious. That’s one of the reasons why we have the culture we have. We have good, strong leaders who bring the right attitude every day. Ovi is leading that charge. He sets the tone for the rest of the team, the mood in the room,” said Eller.

Eller added that Ovechkin has been key in establishing the enjoyable atmosphere within the team, all while maintaining a very high bar and personal accountability each and every day.

“You can have fun, at the same time set the bar very high for what you hold yourself and teammates accountable [for], but you can still have fun doing it. It’s fun to go to work every day here,” said Eller.

Eller, Ovechkin and the Capitals now make their way to St. Louis this afternoon in advance of their tilt with the Blues on Friday night.

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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