WASHINGTON - Following a whirlwind year for Alex Ovechkin in which he won the Stanley Cup and became a new father, the Washington Capitals captain sat down with FOX 5’s Steve Chenevey to discuss his life and what he expects for the upcoming season.
The 33-year-old from Moscow played his first game for the Capitals in 2005 and had a good laugh when Steve showed him a picture of the two taken back in 2009.
“Oh my gosh,” Ovechkin said as he laughed. “Time flies.”
The “Great Eight” said it felt “like a miracle” winning the Stanley Cup and becoming a father. Beaming with pride as he spoke about his 1-month-old son Sergei, who is named after Ovechkin’s late brother, he joked that his little one is not quite ready to be on skates.
“He hasn’t even started talking yet,” he said with a laughed. “So we will wait.”
Almost as if it were a blur, Ovechkin said he can hardly remember raising the Stanley Cup for the first time as his emotions were pumping so high that evening in Las Vegas back in June.
“I don't remember exactly what I feel. It was just so happy my memory is gone,” Ovechkin said. “But I'm pretty sure I was the happiest guy in the world.”
Following the Stanley Cup victory, the Capitals weren’t shy in their celebration of becoming world champions. The team was spotted partying with the Stanley Cup in bars, at ballparks, and even doing keg stands from the coveted trophy at the Georgetown Waterfront.
“We just want to share the cup and share our emotions with the fans because they were waiting so long and it was incredible,” he said. “Always appreciate how people treat us.”
The NHL said it was considering cracking down after watching the celebrations, saying the team may have partied a little too hard with the Stanley Cup.
“Well, we were waiting. I was waiting 30 years so what do they want? Bring it home and sleep with it? No. Just have to go all in,” Ovechkin said with a smile.
Ovechkin, who is currently 19th on the all-time scoring list, said celebrating with Capitals fans during the parade through the District was one of the best moments of his life.
“You just enjoy the moment. It was an incredible feeling for all of us. This city deserved to have a championship,” he said.
More than three months after the partying, Ovechkin said the team wants to carry the spirit of those celebrations into the new hockey season.
“Everyone is smiling because we feel like we are the champions and we still can do it again,” Ovechkin said. “(We’re) not relaxed. I think teams are going to play against us more serious because they know that we're champions and they know they want to beat the champions.”
Touching on his famous saying last season, “we're not going to suck this year,” the veteran said he has a new saying for this year.
“Back-to-back no suck,” he said with a big laugh.