Alexander Ovechkin was awarded Kharlamov Trophy for the fifth consecutive time. After the ceremony hosted by "Sovietsky Sport" the Washington Capitals captain went live on 97.2 FM (Komsomolskaya pravda). Here are the most interesting moments of this interview in which Ovechkin spoke in detail about the Vancouver Olympics and the incident with broken TV camera. Along with Ovechkin on the air were honored master of sports TV commentator Sergei Gimaev and "Sovietsky Sport" columnist Vladislav Domrachev who asked questions from himself and from the fans.
Question from the fans: - What do you think about the harsh statement from Pittsburgh forward Max Talbot in your address?
It should be disregarded. Everyone has their opinion. The ice will show everything.
But shouldn't you answer for your own words? (Gimaev)
Of course! Talbot did it in the summer, not in my face, but through the press. Maybe he wanted to create a PR buzz.
Well, isn't what Semin said about Crosby of the same kind? Sasha, too, rather tartly said that Sidney is a wooden dummy. (Gimaev)
Wait a minute, Semin did not say that! He stated that he personally likes Kane more than Crosby, that's all. They simply made a mistake in translation. I've heard it all when he gave an interview. Semin is always next to me.
With each tournament the opponents are going after you harder and harder. Since junior World Championship in 2005 Canadians in general have adopted a rule to hunt after Ovechkin with the goal to injure. Back then we lost big, like in Vancouver. How to deal with it?
It is necessary to take blows and act very differently. After all, what happened at the Olympics? All the pucks flew in our goals. The Russian team entered the quarterfinals to win. But the Canadians had such eyes... It seemed like they came under something. I don't know how to describe it.
I was in Vancouver, went to that game and saw Canadian fans. For them it was their Stalingrad. They had no right to lose! (Gimaev)
Do you remember the World Cup-2007 in Moscow? If we would meet Canadians in the final, we would have exactly the same mood. Vancouver... I have never played in such atmosphere. So much shouting during warm-ups, I never saw such a hype and excitement in my whole life!
Even in the playoffs? (Gimaev)
At the Olympics it was a national question at the forefront of all. It was a war between Canada and Russia. There were Russian fans. But Canadian fans, what did they create!
The Olympics will be remembered by many with the incident related to you. Maybe someone quite far away from hockey wanted to make a PR buzz too. Where is for you the line that the other person should not cross? (This is a referal to the story with a broken TV camera.)
Even if I'd tell the outsiders "don't meddle here", it still happens. I remember the World Cup 2010 in Germany. Two bozos stuck in the lobby of our hotel and filmed every move of hockey players, wherever we went. And then our friends, acquaintances come from Russia and tell us unbelievable stories. The same was at the Olympics. It was after the game vs Canada. Of course you're upset after the loss. And they stuck camera right in your face and say, "please answer a couple questions." You say to them, "guys, no comments. Our team decided that after quarterfinals we will not talk to the press for a couple of days until things calm down. After that we can give to you any interview." But some people do not understand. Especially when you feel the terrible ire and shame after the loss. And it was not even a reporter.
He didn't have Olympic accreditation...
He was a fan who was filming everything on a professional camera. I think it was not that simple.
Maria from Togliatti. If your German Shepherd Ghera will have puppies, will there be a poll for the fans so that they can offered them names? Or maybe someone even be able to get a puppy from Ovechkin?
As my friend joked, Ghera is a VIP-dog. We bought her a special crib. She eats from a special bowl a select food only. Well, with puppies; wait a year or two. I suppose they will appear. But right now Ghera is only five months old (laughs).
A puppy from Ovi? That would be cool... :-)