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Ovechkin's Next Career?

Just how much do Canadians love Alex Ovechkin?

TSN, Canada's ESPN, flew a production crew to yesterday's practice to film Ovechkin for their "This Is My SportsCentre" commercial campaign.

So instead of practicing (like he needs it anyway) Ovechkin took his first crack at acting. And, of course, he nailed it. Remember, this is the same guy who hit a hole-in-one on his first day playing golf.

He spent about an hour on the ice at Ashburn Ice House, in his full uniform, reading from a script in front of TSN's cameras.

Here's what Ovechkin said:

"To play this game, you need speed, skill and toughness. No problem!"

"Me ... I just want to get out there and take chances, have fun and do something special, that you will never forget."

"Hey! I'm Russian. You got to be good."

"This is my highlight. This is my SportsCentre."

Ovechkin is the 33rd athlete to tape a 30 second ad for TSN's campaign, joining NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, Champ Car driver Paul Tracy, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, to name a few.

Afterward, I asked Ovechkin if he was ready for Hollywood.

"For sure," he said. "It's easy, easy."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 7, 2006; 1:53 PM ET
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