Alex Semin with the 2008 World Hockey Championship Cup.
Photo by Galina Dombrovskaya.
Alex sure looks proud and happy on this picture. The event maybe a reason why Alex arrives to Washington right before the training camp starts.
Sergei Chernykh for Sport-Express, Sept. 17, 2008
Photo by Sport-Express.ru
Krasnoyarsk became the 9th and the last city in Russia where 2008 World Championship Cup has arrived. The honorary trophy was introdiced by Washington Capitals player Alexander Semin who was born in the land of Enisey river. The cup was displayed to public at the Falcon arena where any resident of the city could look and photograph with the Cup. Naturally the focus was on Semin who signed a lot of autographs. He signed on notebooks, diaries, sticks, helmets, on hockey ammunition of young kids and even on the puck with the logo of the Washington Capitals, it is unknown how it ended up in Krasnoyarsk. After that the world champion had a hockey session with local children.
Today Semin is flying to Moscow and from there he will be leaving to the U.S. capital for training camp.
Update: According to Sporting News Craig Custance Blog who has the list of all NHL 2008 training camp starting dates:
Washington: Sept. 20 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA. Rookie Camp opens on Sept. 14.
Related: Semin's interview in Moscow: