Ovechkin and Irena Mambetova, director of school No. 596 of the Northern administrative territory, Moscow. Sept. 1, 2010
The parents and children didn't notice him at first. A shaggy guy in a short leather jacket stood on the porch and smiled. His smile was showing a missing front tooth.
"Dear friends, our graduate Sasha Ovechkin came today to our first day at school celebration. A hockey player." said Irena Mambetova, director of school No. 596 of the Northern administrative territory.
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Школа Общеобразовательная №596
Флотская улица, 64, г. Москва, Россия
8 (495) 453-45-41
Children and adults have gasped loudly "Oh!" and reached into their pockets for cameras and cell phones. The young man hesitated awkwardly on the spot.
The Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, who signed a 124 million dollars contract with the club, is the richest hockey player in the world. He graduated from school No. 596 in 2001, but regularly visits the school since then.
"He visits us on the Day of Knowledge, and on March 8th [International Women's Day] and on the Last Bell Ring Day," told the teacher to newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. "He likes to visit us on New Year's Eve too. Of course, it's only when he is in Moscow." [And when last time he was in Moscow on these days? :-) -tj]
Sasha Ovechkin lived just 300 meters [yards] away from the school. His father still lives in that old nine-storied building.
"I remember Sasha growing up as a very good boy. When his class would go on a field trip, then you wouldn't have to worry about the chicken [food]. He'd take it for everyone," remembers smiling Irena Mambetova. "It was difficult for him to study though. His first training was at five in the morning, at Dynamo. And you still need time to get there! But he graduated the school with dignity."
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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