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Ovechkin: "No more parties"


Love him, hate him, or spend time writing angry online screeds about him, at least grant that Alex Ovechkin is honest. Not too many international superstars would joke with the media about going out "almost every night" during the offseason, even if we've already seen the photographs.

Well, "joke" probably isn't the right word. Here's Ovechin, talking to Comcast SportsNet's Jill Sorenson last week about the atmosphere as players return to Kettler.

"Handshake, good atmosphere, smile," he said. "And just again, it's time to play hockey. No more parties, no more stay all night long somewhere. It's working time."

So Sorenson joked that he doesn't really stay all night long somewhere.

"I was in Russia,"he said, "so it's part of my life."

Not for the next seven months, though.

"My summer was great, lots of real good memories," he said. "Time to [get] back to work."

"No More Parties, It's Working Time." Sounds like a team motto to me.

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
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Comments

Shouldn't Ovie be doing some training during the off-season?

Posted by: poguesmahone | September 20, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Let's see it. Comments from OV, Brooks, Knuble, Ted, Bruce, whomever aren't worth anything in the end. Let's see it. Opening Night. Every game. Playoffs.

Two years ago, this team took nights off and nobody did anything except promised it wouldn't happen in the playoffs. Then a night off came when they least wanted it: Game 7 vs. the Pens. Following a summer away, we heard: "lesson learned, we can't be lazy."

Last year, the team consistently fell behind by multiple goals and came back with dramatic finishes. Until the playoffs. Now we hear: "lesson learned, we can't be lazy"

Talk is cheap. Get it done.

Posted by: capscapscaps2 | September 20, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Good to know the critics and armchair experts never take the summer or a night off. Been following hockey since I grew up in the Chicago area cheering for Glenn Hall, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull and then immediately, and somewhat surprisingly, switched my allegiance and season ticket commitment to the likes of Ron Low, Tommy Williams, and a familiar, but faded, Doug Mohns. Stanley Cup is always the goal but I just refuse to make it the only measure of success or enjoyment as a fan. I have no problem pulling the spring daggers out of my heart and starting anew in October. Live through those early years and today's disappointments are laughable.

Posted by: McKinley2 | September 20, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

@ McKinley2...well said. nothing today can equal an "8" win season.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | September 20, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it have been nicer to hear that Ovechkin like a Larry Bird or Magic Johnson was working in the offseason in improving his game just that bit more to gain an edge to win the championship?

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | September 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"......like a Larry Bird or Magic Johnson was working in the offseason in improving his game......."

In case you have not noticed they played BASKETBALL ....

Where is it written that Bird and Magic practiced 24/7 365 except in the myth making world of sports talk.

Posted by: CBinDC1 | September 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Please, do you really think all he did was party? Are you guys guillable enough to believe that? OF COURSE he worked out in the offseason.

Posted by: dfe1 | September 20, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I would like to hear about no more yellow laces on his skates, but we'll see. I'd like to hear about a team-wide commitment to 3 zone play, but we'll see again.

Posted by: McLobo | September 20, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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