Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is currently wrapping up his offseason commitments back home in Russia before he makes his return to Washington for the 2022-23 season. In one of his final public appearances, Ovechkin and son Sergei participated in the ceremonial face-off prior to the KHL regular season opener between Dynamo Moscow and Ak Bars Kazan on Saturday.
The Ovechkins in Dynamo’s house ⚪🔵 pic.twitter.com/3itJl995TD
— KHL (@khl_eng) September 3, 2022
Ovechkin has been a long-time supporter of Moscow Dynamo and played for the club from 2001 to 2005, before being drafted by the Capitals. He also played for the club during the NHL lockout in 2012-13. Ovechkin’s father, Mikhail, played soccer for the club.
Ovechkin recently reflected on his off-season in an interview he held with Russian media.“The football match for Dynamo Moscow is the most memorable moment of the summer. The dream came true, we managed to score a goal.”
But Ovechkin admitted he’s done with football and his primary focus is playing hockey for the Capitals.
“It’s nicer to score, of course, for the Capitals. I have one match in football and I’m done. And I have a career in hockey,” said Ovechkin.
Ovechkin told Russian media in early August that he had not finalized a specific date for his return to Washington, but thought it would be late August or early September, so it’s very possible he could return to Washington as early as next week. According to Russian reports, Ovechkin will travel to Washington on Wednesday, September 7.
By Jon Sorensen