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Author: Pavel Lysenkov (Soviet Sport Newspaper)
Translated By: Eugene Belashchenko & Alexei Belousenkov
Date: 09/12/2005
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): I am living in Washington GM's house

2006 Russian Super League

Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) at the 2005 U20 WJC press conference (Photo Source: RussianProspects Exclusive)
Written By Pavel Lysenkov (Soviet Sport: September 12, 2005)
Translated by Alexei Belousenko ( and Eugene Belashchenko (

Amongst NHL fans there are two camps - those who are sure that Alexander Ovechkin will win the Calder Trophy and those who believe that Sidney Crosby will win the honor. Our correspondent had a chance to call to one of the two forwards.

Actually it would be more accurately to say that Alex called me. To be more specific he dropped me a SMS message. I tried to call Alex several times before, but as he explained, he can't play or practice half way. That is why it was difficult to break in between the young players practice time and sleep.

Finally, Alexander, understanding my troubles, wrote me a polite SMS: If you want to get in touch with me, call me at 9am. I will be very grateful. Thank you. Alexander Ovechkin". (I will save this SMS message for about ten years, and when wins a number of NHL awards and becomes a world class star, I will sell it at an auction along with the phone!)


Are you familiar with the latest news about your buddy Pavel Datsyuk? Datsyuk may depart to Detroit, or stay in Russia. The decision will be made any day.
A. Ovechkin
: I think a player should choose what works best for him. I'm supporting Pavel in this situation; actually, I always take the players' side. What wrong if Datsyuk chooses Russia? And, at the same time, how can we judge Pavel if he chooses to return to Detroit? He is a free man, and, as far as I know, from a jurisdiction point of view he is not breaking any laws.

Have you called Datsyuk?
A. Ovechkin
: Yes. I wished him best of luck, and told him not to pay any attention to hockey fans that keep saying nasty thing about him.

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