Pavel Lysenkov, SovSport.ru, talks to Alex Ovechkin (Feb. 21, 2011):
Admit it, did Caps choose Eugene Kuznetsov because of your advice?
Not at all. I never give any advice to general manager. He knows what to do. I was not even familiar with Kuznetsov before the draft.
Why Capitals are not afraid to choose a Russian player? Is it because of you? Like our players are drawn to Ovechkin?
What am I, a guarantee of success? :) It's just simply because Washington likes Europeans. Look who was chosen, Nicklas Backstrom, Semyon Varlamov, Marcus Johansson, Alexander Semin and do not forget about me... It is the policy of the club. That's why we have a more European style of play.
You are winning the shootout contest at the All-Star for five years in a row. Can you win more or you exhausted your fantasy after all?
I officially declare via Sovietsky Sport that I am not going to do a shootout contest anymore. More precisely, no shootout contest at the All-Star event. I have won three times and that's enough. I don't like the monotony. Now I'd rather be in accuracy shootout.
The hockey expert Sergey Gimaev thinks that Alexander Ovechkin has too much of increased muscle mass and it affects his scoring effectiveness.
I don't agree with Mr. Gimaev. I have the same playing weight as last year. It is around 225-227 pounds (102–103kg) [According to Caps media your official weight at the beginning of the season was 234 pounds! -- tj]. Everything is normal, the dynamics of my game have not changed.
Evgeni Malkin's Dad said in an interview to Sovietsky Sport that the NHLers no longer respect each other. That's why there's an incredible number of "unnecessary" injuries this season. They could skate around Crosby or not hit Malkin so hard around the boards...
What do you mean by "respect"? Everyone plays as they can. And this league is famous for it's physical style of hockey. Let's recall how Malkin was injured. He fell awkwardly when he collided with Myers. I don't believe that Buffalo's defenseman was intensionally targeting Malkin's his knees. it was an accident...
According to National Heart, Lung and Blood web site Ovechkin (6'2", 234) had Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30.0 when he reported to the training camp this season. If he is 227 now, his BMI is 29.1.
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
This is obviously
Update from LiveStrong.com:
Highly trained athletes and bodybuilders have a high BMI because of increased musculature but generally low levels of body fatness. Bone minerals, body water and other fat-free mass also determine weight levels.