MOSCOW -- We knew he was into basketball, but apparently President Obama keeps an eye on Washington Capitals hockey as well namely NHL MVP Alexander Ovechkin.
The Caps left wing made Mr. Obama's list of great Russian contributors to the world, along with scientists, cosmonauts and pioneers of literature such as Pushkin.
Update: (h/t to DC Sports Bog and HHR)
"As a resident of Washington, D.C., I continue to benefit from the contributions of Russians -- specifically, from Alexander Ovechkin. I'm very pleased to have him in Washington, D.C." Mr. Obama said, drawing a laugh from the graduating class at the New Economic School in Moscow on Tuesday.
Sergei Nemchinov and Alexander Ovechkin at a reception at the U.S. Embassy in honor of the Independence Day, July 2, 2009. Photo by РИА Новости.
Alexander Ovechkin at a reception at the U.S. Embassy in honor of the Independence Day, July 2, 2009. Photo by РИА Новости.
Alex Ovechkin playing a friendly soccer game in Sochi. Photo by РИА Новости.
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