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A former employee of the coaching staff, “Washington capitals” Greg Smith remembered the conduct of the Russian striker Alexander Ovechkin during his first season in the National hockey League (NHL). The words of the specialist leads The Athletic.
“One day he’s sitting on the bench, turned to me and asked: “do you have Vodka?” I asked again, he began to explain, motioned. No, I say, we have no vodka. All this during the game! Then he shows me the finger: there’s a small cut. And says, “Vodka disinfects”. Well, I explained to him that for such purposes we have hydrogen peroxide. “Only her drink,” — I asked him,” said Smith, who worked as a fitness coach.
In 2004, Washington selected Ovechkin at the NHL draft at the first number. The Russians moved to the United States in 2005. In his first match for the capitals forward scored a brace. In 2006, he got a team best rookies in the League.
Ovechkin eight times became the best scorer of the season in the NHL. In 2018, he led the capitals to win the Stanley Cup.
In the current NHL season, along with Oston Matthews from “Toronto maple leafs” the Russian leader on the list of snipers of League. On account of his 40 goals. Ovechkin remained to score two more goals to reach 700 goals for a career in the regular Championships. Russian ranks eighth among the top snipers in the League of all time. In the first place, the canadian Wayne Gretzky (894 goals).
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