By Allan Muir
Alexander Ovechkin has never made a secret of how important the 2014 Sochi Olympics are to him as a player and as a proud Russian.
Shortly after Sochi was announced as the host city, he accepted a position as an international ambassador to help promote the Games. And well before the NHL committed to allowing its players to attend, Ovechkin announced that he would be there to play for Russia . . . no matter what. “I don’t care,” Ovechkin told ESPN.com. “I’ll go play in the Olympic Games for my country. If somebody says to me you can’t play, see ya.”
Fortunately, Ovi will head to Sochi in February with the full blessing of the NHL and the Capitals because all parties reached an agreement to send the world’s best players to the Games.
But will he have the same blessing if he heads overseas on the eve of the season opener to take part in the Olympic torch relay?