by Pavel Lysenkov sovsport.ru (Excerpt)
Ovechkin is the first player in the last 55 years (after the great Terry Sawchuk, the goalkeeper of Detroit Red Wings), who was selected twice in his first two seasons in the league to NHL First All-Star Team. Sasha scored 46 goals and for the second consecutive year led the league in shots (392).
Lysenkov: How are you spending your summer?
Ovechkin: I am leaving to Turkey on vacation very soon. I wanted the same hotel I was staying last year, but it was all booked up, so I had to take the hotel next to it. After that I will go to St. Petersburg, where I'll begin to prepare for the next season with Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin. You can say Gonchar organizes this mini-camp, he lives in St. Petersburg during summer time. As Sergei described, it has a great environment for training and workout, and a prove to it is his last season. Sergei was in excellent shape.
L.: And what are you doing now?O.: I am at RGUFK (Russian State University of Physical Education), taking my exams. I am finishing my forth year. My major, of course, is hockey. Just passed an exam on ecology.
L.: What was the essay question?O.: Got a question about hygiene.... Women's hygiene... (laughs)
L.: That was ecology, Sasha, not anatomy...O.: Just kidding. It was as usual, they got the question, I got the answer and an excellent grade.
L.: Is it easy for Ovechkin to pass an exam? Are you asked for the autograph first.. and are they too nice to you?O.: No, I have the same treatment as any other student.
L.: How many exams have you passed already?O.: Let me see… Here... three exams and 10 credits.
L.: When were you able to do all this?!O.: That because RGUFK is a great college, they make you feel comfortable. I receive all my projects and assignments via e-mail. I am not only playing hockey during the season, I am reading my textbooks and studying. I don't want to follow, say, Mike Tyson's route, I want to get an education… I'd like take this opportunity to say thank you via SovSport to all my instructors for helping me to learn a lot, for their professionalism.
L.: How many exams are left?O.: Five more.
L.: Well, break a leg!O.: Keep your fingers crossed.