Here's a short interview with Ilya Kovalchuk:
Kovalchuk: We will meet again at the "Sokolniki" arena on August 31st. Besides Ovechkin, Malkin will play too for sure. Also Datsyuk gave his preliminary agreement. We'll invite a lot of guys from the KHL. I think there will be a lot of star players. The fans will not be bored!Source: http://www.sports.ru/hockey/117427213.html
Do you think it would be good to invite as the players call Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, Valery Belov and Andrei Nazarov? Someone who coaches the national team?
It is not a bad idea, but there's a little time left to organize the event. In the future I want it to be a tradition, a charity game at the end of the summer. There are a lot of people in Russia, especially children, who need help.
Where the proceeds will go this time?
To the orphanage in Sergiev Posad for deaf & blind children. We will try to raise more than the last year.
This is the first announcement of the charity game "From the pure heart" on Russian TV. The video shows the making of commercial about the charity game with 7 years old Maxim Kabat from juniour CSKA team. The little kid won't play in a charity game though. Kovalchuk says he is training with his fitness coach in a gym and skates for fun with his friends 3 times a week. He says it's a bit strange because he never skated that early in the summer before. Vyacheslav Kozlov (KHL) and Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils) were on the ice with Kovy.
The question is, where is Ovi? He is totally hiding from the media. Usually at this time of the year Pavel Lysenkov interviews him about his preseason training, this year? Not a word... It's almost like Ovi is not in Moscow, or comes to Moscow on a weekend to make a picture with MainPeople site... hmmm...
Alex Semin, Semyon Varlamov, Ilya Bryzgalov will also play in a charity game, reports Russian media.