Our senior investigative correspondent Emily reports:
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin meets with Russian and American exchange participants during a break from his practice with his Russian team, Moscow’s Dynamo. (October 2012)
US ambassador Michael McFaul writes about building US-Russia ties through hockey:
We kept this group of ice hockey players very busy during their week-long exchange. At our reception in their honor, I loved hearing about their master classes conducted by Igor Tuzik, Vice President of the Russian Hockey Federation, and by Olympic Gold Medal winners Vladimir Myshkin and Vitaliy Prokhorov. The young Russian and American players got to talk with Soviet hockey legends Vladislav Tretyak and Aleksandr Yakushev about their Olympic gold medal winning experiences. They also attended team practices of two professional KHL teams, CSKA and Dynamo, and had meet-and-greets with NHL players Sergey Fedorov, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Bryzgalov and Alex Ovechkin.
In other news...
Alex Ovechkin has fully recovered from bronchitis and is ready to play vs. Vityaz on Wednesday after missing three games in a row.
He also exploded on twitter, two tweets in the last 24 hours. :-).
Alex Ovechkin @ovi8
Hahaha Whata clowns!!!....Don tell it all. Bla blah ...make a deal instead of talk about Don!Personally I like "I swear God" better than "Whata clowns". :-)
Stephen Whyno @SWhyno
Alex Ovechkin on sports front of Toronto's Globe & Mail