After a now infamous fountain romp, a shared celebration with DC, a good night's sleep, and a victory parade for the ages, it looks like Alex Ovechkin will be honoring his hockey roots with his plans for his Cup day.
On Tuesday, Ovechkin said that he plans to take the Stanley Cup as well as the Conn Smythe trophy to Moscow in early July.
In an interview with TUSS.ru, Anatoly Kharchuk, the deputy director of Dynamo Moscow HC, spoke about Ovechkin's history with their program and expressed his excitement for the visit. Apparently, it won't just be visiting the Russian Capital.
“Alexander already said that he would like to bring [the Cup] for two or three hours to team headquarters in Novogorsk, to show it to the kids from our school," Kharchuk said.
Dynamo Moscow Hockey Club, founded in 1946, has been part of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) since 2008. Ovechkin played with Dynamo from 2001-2005 before debuting in Washington. During the NHL lockout of the 2012-13 season, Ovechkin (and Nicklas Backstrom) returned for a brief 31 game stint with the team to stay active at a professional level.
Thirteen years after Ovi joined the caps, he's finally a champion. He's talked in several interviews about wanting to share the Cup with the communities who supported him. Seeing the jovial energy he brought to Nationals Park, Georgetown, and Clarendon, one can only imagine the kind of party they'll be having in Moscow next week.
As he expressed during Breakdown Day, Ovechkin plans on throwing a "pretty big" celebration to his success with his hometown. His family and friends – Ovi has mentioned his excitement to show the cup to his grandmother, in particular – will surely be happy to see it.
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