Photo: FC Dynamo
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin visited the Dynamo football club in Moscow, Russia on Friday. Ovechkin is a graduate of the Dynamo hockey school and a longtime supporter of the Dynamo organization.
Ovechkin presented one of his signed sticks and a replica of his 2023 All-Star jersey to midfielder Arsen Zakharyan for his 20th birthday.
“Ovi arrived at the training base with the usual attributes, but we forgot to flood the rink,” signed the video by Dynamo.
“We are inspired by the skill of the legend before the Sunday derby,” Dynamo said in a statement.
Ovechkin has been officially invited by Dynamo FC to participate in an upcoming friendly match, however there has been no official confirmation from the Ovechkin camp that he will participate.
On June 25, 2022, Dynamo held a friendly match against the team of bloggers Amkal. The meeting ended with a score of 5:0 in favor of the Blue and White. Ovechkin opened the scoring in the match, scoring in the 11th minute.
The Washington Capitals captain was a bull on the pitch, simply discarding opposing players with a flick of his shoulder. I’m not sure if this player knew who Ovechkin was, as he thought he was going to simply push Ovechkin off of the ball.
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Ovechkin was asked after the game if he was worried about playing in the game. He said he wasn’t, but was concerned about his conditioning, having been on vacation for the last month.
“You know, no. I was more worried about the fact that we are on vacation. How will I feel physically? And already at the warm-up, I realized that it would be hard,” said Ovechkin.
“It was very hot. I had to douse myself with water. Heat, stuffiness. But I entered the game more or less normally. It’s good that I followed Fedor Smolov, how he moves. It helped me a lot that I watched his movements and interacted with him.”
Ovechkin added that the game was for his father. “My father played for Dynamo Moscow and was injured. Today, this match was more for him than for me.”
Both of Ovechkin’s son’s were in attendance for the game. MatchTV asked son Sergei about the chance he might play soccer like his father and grandfather. “Never! said Sergei Ovechkin, firmly. Only hockey!”
By Jon Sorensen
How can he ever top last years game. 😂
I feel that players should be able to play international hockey for their countries. Maybe even a friendly charity game, surprise guest in a high school or youth game, have some fun. Each player has to examine his case, his health, his readiness, chance of injury, what it may do to his day job. But playing in a different sport or going wild on an ATV (Sammy) is a bad idea. Pro players retire in their 30s. Is it too much to ask for them to wait until retirement?
Cy Young award and World Series winner Tom Glavine (LHP Atlanta Braves) joined warmups and went skating with the Thrashers several times back in the 1990s. He didn’t look out of place at all
Not too worried about Ovechkin playing football (soccer). After he cleaned that guy’s clock in last years’ game I think Dynamo and other players will keep safe distance
Any info / handicap for tomorrow’s Bears vs. Amerks playoff game?
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