Oct. 1, 2010, washcaps: Ovi, @ericfehr16 , @GreenLife52 speak with the media after the win over Columbus
Caps 5, CBJ 3, Game highlights and Ovi standing up for Mike Knuble (starts at 9:20)
What we are reading:
Joe Pelletier's book review:
Gare Joyce has a much cleaner record and has always been known as a top writer. It is noteworthy though that he previously wrote a glowing biography of Sidney Crosby.
I expected more objectivity and professionalism. But controversy is good for business, I guess. Even if it comes at the expense of others, in this case Alexander Ovechkin.
NHL.com, Oct. 1, 2010:
Five Questions Will Become Answers spots will debut Friday, Oct. 1 on NHL.com, NHL Network, and the official NHL fan page on Facebook.
"Each season, our fans bring a sense of anticipation and excitement to the start of the season," said NHL Executive Vice President of Marketing Brian Jennings. "The campaign is intended to not only ask the provocative questions that fans have on their minds about their favorite teams but to also showcase the intense training and preparation the players endure to the answer those questions."
Washington captain Alex Ovechkin snaps two heavy tabata ropes back and forth with extra vigor when the hosts question whether the Capitals can "be the best team in the regular season and the playoffs."
JR: Can Ovechkin bring the Caps to the Cup?
Yahoo news (finance):
MONTREAL & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CCM, the world’s most renowned hockey brand, today announced the launch of its new U+ Crazy Light skate. Designed and engineered using more than 100 years of expertise, the CCM U+ Crazy Light is the most moldable skate in the market, allowing hockey players to have a truly customized fit.
To support the market introduction of this revolutionary skate, a multi-faceted marketing campaign headlined by Washington Capitals’ forward, Alex Ovechkin is set to hit North America in early October. This North American initiative, created by the advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt, will include TV, print and web advertising, as well as in-store executions and a robust online activation.
Visit www.ccmhockey.com for more details.
By Nicholas J. Cotsonika, Yahoo! Sports, Oct 1, 2010:
“You know what I like about him?” said Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock of Ovechkin. “He’s authentic, he’s real and he loves hockey – and he plays it hard.”
Babcock drew out the “arr” sound as if he were a pirate.
“And then he’s a great kid after the game,” Babcock said. “He’s a great ambassador for our game. What can you ask more from a guy?”
Ovechkin loves night clubs and fast cars. His need for speed on the road and on the ice is so great – peeling out of the parking lot, smacking opposing players, slamming into the glass after goals – even Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has asked him to slow down a little bit, just for his own safety.
“I can do it,” said Ovechkin with a smile, “but it’s not going to be me.”
Just don’t get the wrong idea.
“I think it gets distorted when people think he’s just a happy-go-lucky party guy that just comes to the rink and plays,” said Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. “He’s like every other young man that’s lucky to be in the position he is, but at the same time, you don’t hear stories about him running around till 4 every morning. He’s such a public figure, somebody would blog it somewhere.”
Ovechkin still lives with his parents. His mother cleans the house and cooks for him. His favorite meal?
“Everything,” said Ovechkin, whose appetite is voracious.
Why would a 25-year-old superstar who loves night clubs and fast cars still live with his parents? He loves his family (“Every day I wake up, it’s a good day to be around them”), it keeps him grounded (“Don’t get too high, because if you go high, you can go down right away”) and it frees him to focus (“They give me everything I need, and I just have to play hockey and show what I can do”).
“I just want to continue what I’m doing,” Ovechkin said. “I know this organization and this group of guys can win it. We’re going to do everything we have to do to win the Cup.”
He actually doesn't live with them, but shares his house when they visit him in America. What? Would you place your parents, who'll visit you when you go to play for Amur, Khabarovsk of KHL, in a separate house?
And now finally the results of Ovi's birthday contest: this year winner is... (drum roll) ... the results that the whole kin of Oveja fans all over the world are waiting for... (drum roll)
Thank you very much!