Alexander Ovechkin: Stanley Cup, Beer and Britney Spears


– You have been fighting in computer games since morning. Apparently this is not such an unknown area for you?

– Computer games are good. All this is done to promote our favorite sport. Someone will play at home and want to go out into the yard, it’s normal to drive the puck.

– Are you acting yourself?

– Of course, sometimes I play. But again, I have a different taste because I played in the NHL as a kid and then I became the game. Now I’m more interested in other games.

In basketball, LeBron James says playing computer games makes you a better basketball player. You choose to be a player or a coach…

– Did you prepare in any special way for today’s match?

– What to prepare? Joystick and four buttons.

– Do you play in the NHL team?

– Ice hockey is less popular here than football or shooting.

– Are you satisfied with your stats and character in the NHL game?

– Is as. I always said how much they appreciated what they presented. Of course, you always want to be the best. But right now it’s even better. If, say, Vitaly Fridzon was here, he would say that the ratings in the computer game are nothing to him, but he is the best on the field.

– Did you prepare in any way for the current fight?

– Well, what are you preparing for? .. Joystick, four buttons – everything is fine.

– Now a federation of physical sports is being created in Russia, the essence of which is to unite e-sports and sports within the disciplines. For example, a hockey game + NHL. What do you think of this combination?

– I think that the world is now moving towards the development of computer sports. Why not? You can always try. If there was no interest, that’s one thing. And yes, if there is interest, if there are people who do it both professionally and as an amateur. I think it will be very interesting,” Alexander said.


“I see you all the time at Dynamo Moscow football matches…

Yes, I will definitely come to Dinamo-Spartak on the 20th.

– Do we already know from the “Dinamo” press service that you will not only come, but also leave the field? (Washington Capital’s Russian hockey player Alexander Ovechkin was hitting the ball before the RPL sixth round match against Spartak, Dynamo reported.) But the question is: what about the preparations for the new season? Coming soon: NHL regular season. When do you plan to fly?

– Either at the end of August or at the beginning of September. I don’t know exactly yet. And yes… We all train, I’m getting in shape bit by bit. Training camp in Washington is only a month away. Now my form is somewhere around 70 percent optimal. At the moment, the most important thing is to get to the training ground.

– In my life, I interviewed three of the greatest people of our time: Mikhail Gorbachev, Mick Jagger and the Dalai Lama. If he breaks Wayne Gretzky’s record, I can boast that I already have the top four.

– With a record, as well as “fifty kopecks” for the season, everything will turn out as it should. The most important thing is that there are no injuries. And for the team to perform at a level that allows them to enter the playoffs. And you will see there. Of course, I would like to win another Stanley Cup in the rest of my career. Of course, this is more important than personal bests. But we will try to win, to score.

– Sometimes it is said that all of Washington is playing just to beat Gretzky’s record.

– It’s nice that we get the support of my partners. I feel like if I’m open, guys will try to outdo me. But something like, “That’s it, we don’t care about the result. We will play only for Ovechkin.” It’s not that close.

– And what do you think about Dynamo Moscow, where there was already a sudden start?

– There was a rejuvenation of the composition. At the same time, experienced Canadians arrived. Decided to download? Let’s see what happens. Not every year they try to win the Gagarin Cup.


– You have a crowd of fans following you all day. On the street, in the stadium. I don’t know if you got to see the game because there was always a line for autographs. Do you have to control every step of your life?

– Well, within reason. Yes, every step is like being under a microscope. But that doesn’t mean you can’t drink beer now, right?

– Are you used to not being allowed over the years? They all run to Ovechkin, on every corner.

“I was small too. He also chased famous hockey players. So I understand all of this. Of course, you try to pay attention to everyone, give everyone an autograph.

– What were you running after?

– I remember that Igor Larionov came to our training. I ran after him. I ran after Vyacheslav Fetisov, after Alexey Zhamnov. This is normal if you are a hockey player. And when you’re young and there’s a legend in front of you, why not run after it?


– We talked recently in Petrovskii Park, during football. And he admitted that the main event of this summer happened precisely to you – you played football for Dynamo Moscow.

– This is true. My childhood dream came true. My father was a football player, so I entered the field with his number three. In addition, I even managed to score a pass from Fedor Smolov.

– But you always had one main dream: the Olympic Games. In an interview with Pasha Lysenkov, you said rather harshly: “They threw us out with the Olympic Games.”

Well, you can see for yourself how this year went. In general, it all depends on the IIHF and the NHL. The players tried to do everything to the end. But the International Ice Hockey Federation immediately told us: “No, we will not allow them to play in the Olympics.”

– You weren’t allowed into the tournament organized by them?

– Everything depends not on us, but on finances.

Britney Spears and Camila Valieva

– It is said that Ovechkin sings Britney Spears hits on the club bus.

— If we win and leave in a good mood, why not?

– Did you manage to communicate with Kamile Valieva on the Ovi Kap day?

– Yes, we did. I can honestly say she is a hero. simple girl. There was so much pressure on her. We support it wholeheartedly, as does all of Russia.


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