It is well known just how much representing Team Russia means to Alex Ovechkin.
It was assumed after Wednesday's Game 7 loss that he would soon be headed to the IIHF World Championship already underway in Germany and France to play for his national team. That, however, will not be the case.
Ovechkin will miss the World Championship due to a lower-body injury, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation announced Thursday via a statement.
According to the statement, "Alexander Ovechkin stated that he is ready to join the team immediately as he always does, but doesn't want to let the team down because he finished the NHL playoffs on pain numbing injections."
Ovechkin received a dangerous hip-check to the knee from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazim Kadri in Game 5 of Washington's first round series. It is unclear if this hit is related to the lower-body injury that is keeping him out of Worlds.
Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov were also called up by the national team and will participate in the tournament.