Alex Ovechkin has accomplished a lot in his NHL career so far. The eight-time 50-plus goal scorer has a full trophy cabinet, a long list of franchise records and just last year, he finally won the coveted Stanley Cup.
But you could argue that the most impressive thing about The Great No. 8 might just be this: He’s never had a hangover.
Or so he says. The “crazy Russian,” as he referred to himself during an interview with NBC’s Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers earlier this week, kept his answer short and sweet when asked about his top hangover remedy.
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In the interview, Ovechkin and Bennett recapped parts of Ovi’s wild summer of Stanley Cup celebrating — the Vegas clubs, the fountain swimming sessions, the first pitch at Nationals Park and the inspirational speeches at the Cup Parade. It was all documented on social media with hockey fans marvelling at his ability to keep the party going all summer and still go on to put together a 51-goal, 89-point season to propel the Capitals to the playoffs in hopes of doing it all over again.
Ovechkin wasn’t exactly long-winded in his responses during the Men In Blazers interview, but he was pretty entertaining nonetheless. Here are a few highlights from the chat:
On being fearless in his NHL debut:
“When you play hockey, you don’t have any fear. As soon as you step on the ice everything goes away and you’re focusing on the puck and focusing on the play.”
On the message he wanted to send to the league with his hard-hitting, two-goal debut in 2005:
“One crazy Russian just joined the League.”
On what he would tell his younger self if he could go back in time:
“I would probably tell him: Don’t sign 13 years, sign 18 years.”
On his motivation to win it all again:
“As soon as you taste the victory, you just want to repeat again and again. Back-to-back … to back.”