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Ovechkin's New Ride

While it's not nearly as sleek as his $250,000 Mercedes supercar, Alex Ovechkin will soon slide behind the wheel of something hockey fans can really appreciate: a Zamboni.

I was informed earlier today that the two-time MVP will pilot a Zamboni down 6th Avenue in New York on Wednesday, complete with a police escort, to the NHL store for a promotional event. (Can't wait to see video of this.)

Ovechkin will then travel to Toronto on Thursday (not on a Zamboni, I hear) for an event with Energizer Canada (he's a spokesman for the battery company) before heading back to Washington to settle into his local digs ahead of training camp, which begins Sept. 13.

A couple of other notes to pass along: Neither first-round draft pick Marcus Johansson nor second-rounder Dmitri Orlov will attend camp, the team has confirmed. Also, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom are expected back in town tomorrow.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 4, 2009; 11:03 AM ET
 
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A Zamboni is not a Segway -- be careful Ovie!

Posted by: uncatim | September 4, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Tells you who the true face of the NHL and who the league is trying to promote.

Posted by: RichC3 | September 4, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Tells you who the true face of the NHL is and who the league is trying to promote.

Posted by: RichC3 | September 4, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see video of this.

Posted by: CapsChick | September 4, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see video of this. Hopefully there will be no near misses with closing doors and heads this time.

Posted by: CapsChick | September 4, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised anyone thinks it's a wise idea to put Ovi behind the wheel of anything ... or maybe that's what the police escort's for.

:)

In other news, it's beginning to look a lot like hockey season! Too bad I won't be able to make the beginning of rookie camp this year due to a work obligation. Still, any of you who can go and watch the kids, look out for this guy for me and tell me how he does. Here's a bit more information on him. I like the idea of a power forward / MMA athlete who has to be chased out of the gym and can score, hit, and fight, if he can hang with the big guns.

Posted by: kittypawz | September 4, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Tells you who the true face of the NHL is and who the league is trying to promote.

Posted by: RichC3 | September 4, 2009 11:33 AM

Not really. It's a a video game promo.

Posted by: MNMNT | September 4, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Penguins fans will tell you they like Crosby because he is no nonsense....down to business...we like our guy...ect...

Crosby sucks, and is a complete waste of talent, and he'll make the hall of fame, but will never be looked at as someone who made the game bigger...he is no Gretzky, no Michael Jordan...he is a dud.

Ovie is the man, and "like it or lump it," he is the face of the NHL, and is having fun, and wants to go down as having done everything he could for the sport he loves...

It's also really nice that Ovie can smash Crosby through the glass if he wants too...

Crosby has the cup, but Ovie is the man...

Posted by: SA-Town | September 4, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town,

Crosby sucks?

Dude.....

He might be a nut punching whine bag, but he's an elite talent in the current NHL. To call him anything less is to have serious blinders on.

Posted by: Steve_R | September 4, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Tells you who the true face of the NHL is and who the league is trying to promote.

Posted by: RichC3 | September 4, 2009 11:33 AM

The difference is, the NHL WANTS that stiff, Crosby, to be the face of the NHL. The videogame company recognizes that Ovie IS the face of the NHL. The two have relatively similar achievements in the regular season, but vastly different skill sets and personalities. No doubt, I want the post season success that Cindy has, but would not want to sacrifice the sheer joy and intensity that only Ovie can bring to bear.

Let's go, Caps!

Posted by: crooks_c | September 4, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I said he would make the hall of fame, so he obviously doesnt suck as a player...When I said he sucks, I mean he sucks as an NHL personality, and is a waste of skill...

He needs to get out of Mario's basement.

Posted by: SA-Town | September 4, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Mario's basement or Mario's closet?

Posted by: MNMNT | September 4, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I truly love Mario/Crosby zingers.

Posted by: thiazzi | September 4, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

has anyone heard what time the rookies will be hitting the ice next week?

Posted by: superpaqman | September 4, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

i wish everyone would stop bickering on why Ovechkin should be the face of the nhl. It makes the caps fans look like a bunch of whiners; much like Crosby.

Posted by: MNMNT | September 4, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Btw, aren't they technically not called Zambonis anymore? I thought they were now officially called "ice resurfacers" or something else mundane like that.

Posted by: futbolclif | September 4, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Zamboni was the actual company right? All the old school guys will still call them zamboni's.

Posted by: MNMNT | September 4, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The two main companies are Zamboni and Olympia. You see more Olympia ice resurfacers these days.

It's a kleenex/band-aid/frisbee type situation where the brand name becomes the name of the thing.

Posted by: thiazzi | September 4, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

go ovie!

Steckel finishes 5th in faceoff wins! That's 5th among everyone in the NHL...wow!

5. David Steckel, Capitals, 513/886, 57.9 percent -- There has been an argument here at NHL.com all summer whether the U.S. Olympic team made a mistake in not inviting the NHL's No. 5 faceoff man to its evaluation camp. In 2008, Steckel became the only NHL rookie to finish in the top 10 in this decade. At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Steckel's size is second only to his dedication and intensity. A top penalty killer, Steckel won 153 of 283 shorthanded faceoffs.

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 4, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

somebody posed a question to NHL.com about Yahoo's fantasy draft and it's ranking. let's applaud at the guy at NHL.com for his answer.

I completely see where you were going with your top three forward rankings. However, is it not taken into consideration how many games were played? Considering the number of games played, Alexander Ovechkin has only upped Evgeni Malkin by like 2 percent. Imagine if Malkin had played another 82 games? Where do you think the percentage would be then?
-- Shannon

Because Ovechkin has played four seasons and Malkin three, that is why I chose to compare them with averages rather than total career goals. Ovechkin has played exactly 82 more games than Malkin. Another way you can look at this is to match them head-to-head since Malkin entered the NHL in 2006-07:
Malkin -- 242 games, 115 goals
Ovechkin -- 243 games, 167 goals

If you say that's unfair because it takes into account Malkin's rookie season and doesn't include Ovechkin's rookie season (he only had 52), you can compare the two in their first three seasons only:
Malkin -- 242 games, 115 goals
Ovechkin -- 245 games, 163 goals

Any way you cut it, Ovechkin is the superior player, fantasy or otherwise, but I'm certainly not knocking Malkin in any way.

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 4, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Tarik says: "Also, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom are expected back in town tomorrow."

Yep, Backie and Nyls are on the same flight. Upon landing, Backie will follow Nyls to his house and Nyls will cook him some pasta. They will not talk about hockey.

After dinner, they will play some ping pong. Backie will get his butt kicked by the Nylander boys. He will get his revenge playing NHL 2010 on XBox. Backie will play for the Penguins (Crosby will score twice) and Nyls will play for the Islanders.

After the video game, Nyls will call GMGM and will tell him that he accepts the trade to the Isles.

Before Nikki leaves, now that Nyls has been traded, they will talk about hockey. Nyls will give him some insight on contract negotiations and will explain what are the benefits of a NMC. Nikki will explain BB's system. Nyls will not understand it but will just shrug.

Nikki will leave and Nyls will start packing.

Posted by: atybat | September 4, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

that's....interesting?

Posted by: superpaqman | September 4, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

OK, that sounds totally Ovechkinlike. Wish I could be there, because that's some funny! And a spokesman for Energizer? Why am I not surprised...? He keeps going... and going... and...

@thiazzi - You forgot "Coke" as the generic term for a brown-colored soft drink. ;-)

@capsfan387 - Wow! Impressive stats for Steckel! 5th in the NHL. By contrast, Crosby's FO% for the regular season was 51.3...

And speaking of Crosby... there's no denying he's a good player. He is. He's very good. But a block of tofu has a more interesting personality. :-p And whines less.

Posted by: irockthered | September 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

atybat-> can shultzie drive nyls and forget to come back. maybe he can take the caps 1,3 and send back the isles 1 and the ever so famous conditional pick

also
tool is generic term for penguin fan
whiner is genric term for penguins star.
can also be cry-baby, wus, momma's boy
or jagar

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | September 4, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know more about Johansson and Orlov not attending camp. I haven't seen Johansson play, but Orlov looked good at the prospects camp, a near term (2-3 years from now) NHL talent in my opinion. It looks like another indication of a deep franchise that doesn't have to rush its prospects. Let them stay at home a year, maybe then a year in Hershey, and then on to the show.

Posted by: zmega | September 4, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Orlov stated before and after he would spend at the very least one more year in Russia.

Johansson also said the same thing. To be honest, Johansson is probably further along than Little Gussy is, but he'll spend at least 1 more in Sweden.

For some inspiration...

http://www.davidwebsterhome.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/varlamov-save.jpg

Posted by: richmondphil | September 4, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Also, I definetely would not make Jagr jokes considering we were the team that signed him to a ridiculous contract, in which he sucked, and then in which he was magically good again after he was traded.

Yeah....

Posted by: richmondphil | September 4, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

In Jagr and Sindy, the Pens have established a whinypants dynasty. A...whinasty, if you will.

Posted by: redlineblue | September 4, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't drive too fast!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 4, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I see Eminger got signed by the Ducks for two years. Getting a pick (Carlson) continues to amaze me. Also found it interesting that the Ducks GM mentioned 'a physical presence' when describing Emmy. My memory fails me in that regard but maybe my age is showing.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | September 4, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

What a great angle on Varly's save--Sweet--as my son says. I'm feeling pretty inspired. Can't wait to smell the ice.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 4, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

@redlineblue

I love your term "whinasty" for the Pens. Of course, everyone outside of Pittsburgh (and Pittsburgh expatriates) would be pretty disgusted with the team if that were long term. Okay, time to nip the "whinasty" in the bud.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 4, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Today they had an article in Yahoo about the fact that Phil Kessel has still not signed with the Bruins. They want him; he wants them, but they can't agree on price.

So, I was reading the comments posted about the article. Some of them sounded very familiar, like the criticisms the fans here say about Alex Semin. "... done well when not injured...". "He's got the talent but no heart." "...one way player; no defense..."

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 4, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Over at alexovetjtin blog is a piece on advice Ovie gave to junior hockey players. It's a very interesting read.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 4, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsFan75: If I haven't told you I heart you lately, I do. =P LOVE the term you coined "whinasty"! Someone call Websters: the word of 2009 is WHINASTY! Yahoo!

@ kittypawz: Should we remind you that a true Caps fan shirks all responsibilities when it comes to all things Caps?!! =P J/K. As long as you're wearing your red, my fair lady. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | September 4, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

We need 2 more people for the Caps Insider fantasy league. email thiazzi.

Also thiazzi, want to add hits to scoring maybe? and GAA for goalies maybe?

Posted by: richmondphil | September 4, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

if the Caps won 3 Stanley Cups in 20 years, I wouldn't care if they were called a whinasty, crybabies or whatever else.

if I were in charge of the team, I would have a Huggies night and give away free diapers, just to let the detractors know that I really don't give a rat's a$$ what you guys think of my team... LOL

Posted by: joek443 | September 5, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I would also tell them what Patrick Roy once told to Jeremy Roenick... I couldn't HEAR you because I had my stanley cup rings plugged in my ears...

Posted by: joek443 | September 5, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan: I know what you mean, but this is the company that provides my paycheck so that I can afford things like jerseys and season tickets and gas to get down to Arlington to watch rookie camps :) So they get a little bit more.

As for red, I shall be indeed. :)

Posted by: kittypawz | September 5, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan

I'm not the one who coined the term "whinasty". Redlineblue's the one who did so. Gotta give credit where credit's due.

I did coin "Orprick" and I've made up a word in honor of Chris Pronger; i.e. "prong -- deliberate hit in hockey, especially to shoulder". As in "Green got pronged against Anaheim back in November" or "Ovi got pronged in the World Junior Games in 2004-2005".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 5, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

@atybat

I laughed at your story of Nikki going to Nylander's house and playing the NHL video game with the Nylander boys, with Nikki taking the Pens and the boys taking the Islanders. And then Nylander calling GMGM to say he'll accept the trade to the Isles.

Must confess, Nylander has the perfect name to be a NY Islander. (I used to propose trading him there, along with Satan to the NJ Devils and Martin St. Louis to the Blues. And then there's a player named Ranger who should be traded guess where.)

Berman nickname: Michael "No Man is a" Nylander

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 5, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Frank Zamboni invented the vehicle that Ovie will ride. I hope he is always given credit for it and that the term "zamboni" never goes out of use. See http://www.zamboni.com/story/story.html

Ovie is a great sportsman and showman for riding the zamboni. Just don't let him wear a sissy helmut like Crosby did went riding in that tank, showing off the trophy.

Welcome back to all the Caps, especially Greenie and Backstrom! Cannot WAIT to hear reports from training camp on the 13th, and the first game on Oct. 1st. Glad to hear that Clark is "100%", let's hope all the fans are too---100% psyched up for a new season!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | September 5, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Frank Zamboni invented the vehicle that Ovie will ride. I hope he is always given credit for it and that the term "zamboni" never goes out of use. See http://www.zamboni.com/story/story.html

Ovie is a great sportsman and showman for riding the zamboni. Just don't let him wear a sissy helmut like Crosby did went riding in that tank, showing off the trophy.

Welcome back to all the Caps, especially Greenie and Backstrom! Cannot WAIT to hear reports from training camp on the 13th, and the first game on Oct. 1st. Glad to hear that Clark is "100%", let's hope all the fans are too---100% psyched up for a new season!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | September 5, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

sorry for the double post and the "helmut"---in Crosby's case, it should have been "hellmutt", in Ovie's, it's "helmet".

Posted by: dccitizen1 | September 5, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Obviously, the Richmond area will be well represented in thiazzi's "Capitals Insider" fantasy league. My husband, who already joined, had lived in Richmond from ages 14-22, excluding college.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 5, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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