Alex Ovechkin Has Returned From Russia And Is Back At Capitals Practice Facility

The Washington Capitals announced Wednesday morning that team captain Alex Ovechkin has returned from Russia and is currently at the Capitals practice facility. He will most likely participate in the team’s practice scheduled for noon on Wednesday.

Ovechkin missed the Capitals last four games. He was the first player on the ice before Wednesday’s practice.

Ovechkin rushed from the airport straight to facility this morning. He was eager to get back after last week. “It was probably toughest situation I’ve been through through my whole NHL career…it’s life and we move on. Thanks everybody for support back home and here,” he said.

Ovechkin was emotional as he spoke of his father’s impact today: “He give me everything, all his health, all his time. He travel with me all over the world and been at every practice when he have a chance.”

Ovechkin left the team last Tuesday to return to Russia to be with his ailing father. Ovechkin announced the passing of his father, Mikhail, last Wednesday. The announcement was made on Ovechkin’s Instagram account.

Alex inscribed the post: “Today I lost my father. I thank everyone for their support, but please be understanding and do not disturb my family in this difficult time for us.”

The funeral for Mikhail Ovechkin was held on Saturday. He was 71.

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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4 Responses to Alex Ovechkin Has Returned From Russia And Is Back At Capitals Practice Facility

  1. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back Captain. ❤️u

  2. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back Ovi.

  3. KimRB says:

    For what it’s worth: Elliotte Friedman says the Caps are negotiating with Orlov on an extension, but it’s not close, particularly on term.

    Remember, a hockey rumor and $5 gets you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

    Though I prefer Combian coffee, home brewed

    • Lance says:

      I love Orlov but you simply cannot risk a big contract at his age. I expect a desperate playoff team would offer a #1 pick for him. You have to make that trade even though it hurts. Jensen also goes for a draft pick. Sorry, I didn’t make the CBA.

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