Bad news Gary Bettman, the World Cup of Hockey isn't doing the trick. Alex Ovechkin still wants to go to the Olympics.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea and as of right now, the NHL has not committed to sending its players. Ovechkin, however, says he'll be there.
"The same situations was with the  Sochi Games, they said NHL could not be allowed to come,” Ovechkin told reporters on Wednesday, according to the Russian New Agency TASS. "I hope the sides will reach an agreement."
“Anyway, I and other players will definitely come [to the Olympics in 2018]," he added.
Ovechkin made the same vow prior to the 2014 Olympics held in Sochi.
Allowing players to play in the Olympics has been a growing issue of contention between the NHL and NHLPA and both sides did not even reach an agreement for the Sochi Olympics until July 2013. The return of the World Cup of Hockey in 2016 is seen as the NHL's alternative to Olympics, but simply creating a tournament that will have the same importance of the Olympics to the players is a tall order especially when one of those teams will be under-23 North American players.
Right...totally not a gimmick.
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After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.
Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother.
Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.
After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth.
The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.
She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.
Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!
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Say it ain't so.
Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.
Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.
Insert dramatic music.
"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.
Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.
The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.
"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.
A likely story.
Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.
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