Alex Ovechkin’s Childhood Path To The Game Of Hockey

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At age 8, Alex Ovechkin had not yet even skated, but two years later, he dominated on the ice. The Russian media outlet Championat recently published an article that traced the beginning of Alex Ovechkin’s start in hockey, all the way back to the age of 2. The article includes interviews with Ovechkin’s parents, as they recall how it all got started for the Great 8. While Ovechkin’s parents were supportive of Alex’s desire to play hockey, it was Alex’s internal drive and passion for the game, and a dedicated coach in Vyacheslav Kirillov, that ultimately made him the hockey player he is today. Continue reading

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Report: NHL Draft Lottery Will Be Held June 26


According to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie, the NHL Draft Lottery will be held on June 26. No date has been set for the 2020 NHL Draft, which will be held online, yet. Continue reading

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NHL Will Allow Players To Use Team Facilities Starting In Early June


The NHL will allow players to use team facilities in early June, according to The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta. The exact date players can begin is still to be determined. This would start the NHL’s phase two towards resuming the season, which will likely be in a 24-team Stanley Cup Playoff format. Continue reading

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Ilya Kovalchuk: “I Am Not a Jaromir Jagr, But As Long As I Like To Play I Will Continue”

Despite a tough season, Ilya Kovalchuk, 37, has no plans to end his career just yet. He values ​​his children’s wishes to keep playing, but doesn’t intend to play for a long length of time. I have to thank the children for the boost they provide, he said in an interview with Russian media outlet Championat. Continue reading

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Alex Ovechkin’s Game-Worn Jersey From “The Goal” Game Sold in On-Line Auction

Alex Ovechkin’s game-worn jersey from January 16th, 2006 against the Phoenix Coyotes went on the auction blocks this past month. The jersey is the one Ovechkin donned when he scored his iconic goal, which is still considered by most to be Ovechkin’s finest tally. Continue reading

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Road Review: T-Mobile Arena, A Possible Neutral Site For 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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About four weeks before the NHL paused the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, my dad and I went out West to see the Washington Capitals face the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale and the Vegas Golden Knights in Sin City. The tickets were a Christmas present I had been hoping for. In this two-part series, NoVa Caps reviews each arena, concluding with T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which could be a neutral site to resume the rest of the season. You can read the review of Gila River Arena here. Continue reading

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New York Governor Cuomo Announces Professional Sports Teams in the State Can Begin Training Camps

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a press conference at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh that as of Sunday, professional sports leagues can begin holding training camps in New York, as leagues work on their plans to resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

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Bench Boss Level Up: Greatest Head Coaching Upgrades in Washington Capitals History


Recently, sports media platform The Athletic released an article on the greatest upgrades in the history of each NHL team. In the case of the Washington Capitals, it was the hiring of David Poile as General Manager that made the list, while the drafting of Alex Ovechkin was also a potential choice but ultimately rejected. In this piece, NoVa Caps’ Diane Doyle takes a look at the best upgrades behind the bench in franchise history. Continue reading

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U.S. Government Releases Order Facilitating Return of Foreign Athletes To United States

Friday afternoon acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf signed an order that exempts certain foreign professional athletes who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain leagues, including their essential staff and their dependents, from proclamations barring their entry into the U.S. Continue reading

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How Many Fans Could Attend a Capitals Game With Social Distancing Rules In Place?

When the NHL re-fires the engines for the 2019-2020 season sometime later this summer, it will be inside of empty arenas. However, at some point down the road, fans will be allowed back, in some form or fashion, we just don’t have a timeline. In advance of that day when fans can once again occupy Capital One Arena, we decided to begin taking a look at what the return of the fans might look like. Our first piece takes a look at a potential phase 1, which might allow arena attendance with social distancing guidelines in place. Continue reading

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