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Ovechkin Gets New iPod

Remember when Alex Ovechkin smashed his iPod and headphones after the Caps' 5-2 loss in Tampa on March 31? Well, Apple heard about his tantrum and got him a new one, according to this story.

Earlier this month, Ovechkin was named the top Russian NHLer by Sovetsky Sport (he was picked by his fellow countrymen in the NHL for the second straight year). During the ceremony at the Imperia casino in Moscow, he was presented with a new iPod by Oleg Kuznetsov, head of Apple IMC Russia, who reportedly told the Caps all-star winger:

Alex, thanks to Sovetsky Sport we are closely following your NHL career. And we read the story about you breaking your new iPod in frustration after one of the games. To fill this void Apple would like to present you with a brand new exclusive iPod with video capabilities. You can download your best songs and videos again.

Ovechkin accepted the spiffy little device and, according to the story, responded:

Thank you! This is an awesome present! It will be very useful because I am also a locker room DJ. I will keep bringing Russian music to my partners in Washington.

This news will be received with mixed emotions by his teammates in Washington. Not to mention some members of the staff, media and bloggers.

Okay. I hope Ovechkin doesn't get mad at me for saying this. But anyone who has spent enough time around the Caps has at some point wondered aloud, "What is the heck is that music?"

The answer can be traced to the dressing room stereo, which is often plugged into one of Ovechkin's iPods. Each of the MP3 players is filled with thousands of songs, including lots of Russian dance and hip hop tracks.

I've never been to a trendy Moscow nightclub, but, thanks to Ovechkin, I now know what one sounds like.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 25, 2007; 7:47 AM ET
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