Ekaterina Baleva, Sportbox.ru, July 30, 2010 "Alexander Ovechkin: Pathos? This is not about me! ":
The team Russia and Washington Capitals forward, who received an award of the best Russian player in the NHL, a Kharlamov Trophy, for the the fifth time, talked about his vacation and explained the advantages of long-term contracts.
This year's the summer in the capital is unusually hot. How do you retreat from the unbearable heat?
Now it's a vacation time, so I try to stay closer to the water, be it a river or a pool.
Your friend Ilya Kovalchuk found himself not in the most simple situation with the signing of a new contract. What would you advise him?
I think that Ilya does not need my advice, he is a grown man, besides it has the agents who are more knowledgeable than I am in these matters. Ilya has signed a good contract, but the league has found something of suspect, though I do not know what it is... I hope that in the end everything will be settled, and I wish to Ilya that his contract will came into a force as soon as possible.
What would you have chosen in place of Ilya SKA or New Jersey?
Kovalchuk has a completely different situation, he has his family, children, and I'm still single. What can I say? It's his choice.
In recent years it is the NHL trend for the hockey players to sign multiyear contracts. But to be bound by 15-17 years, is it almost slavery?
Why? You ensure a future, get rid of the headache. Each player who has a short contract for 2-3 years, sooner or later have to think "this is my last year and I've got to work hard, so they would give me a good contract!" But I don't have to jump out of my boxers, all is well and I can safely prepare for the season.
In this off-season Washington Capitals roster has changed dramatically. In your opinion, how will this affect the team performance?
The changes, in fact, are not so big. Most of all it's a pity that the team lost Jose Theodore, plus two Morrisons, Shaone and Brendan. But we have the promising youth who made an excellent showing in the past playoffs. In addition there certainly will be some other trades. The team management obviously made these changes deliberately, first, to unload the payroll, and second, to bet on young goalkeepers, Semyon Varlamov and Michael Neuwirth. Well, we'll what will happen.
Many Russian players in the NHL admit that they plan to finish their career in Russia. How do you see the end of your hockey career?
Oh, my career has just begun, so to speak of its completion is too early!
You have brought from Germany, in addition to the silver medal at the World Cup, another, live trophy, a dog. How did you come up with this idea?
In fact, the idea was spontaneous, I called my father and said, "Dad, do you think we can get the dog?" He said, "Let's do it!" Ilya Nikulin and another friend of mine, who came to support me, went to the dogs nursery, where they breed German shepherds, waited two hours until they bring the dog to us. We looked at once on the paws, teeth, they showed us her grandparents, parents. That's how we got Ghera, and now she is 5 months old and is raised by my father. Of course, it was possible to buy a dog in Moscow, but I think that the "Germans" must be from Germany.
The vacation for the NHL players is now in full swing, what event this summer has left the most vivid impressions?
In fact the vacation is going very rapidly, I've never had such a busy vacation before! After the World Cup Sanya Semin and I went to Turkey where I spend every summer. Why Turkey? We didn't have a Schengen visa and it was not too far away to fly. I think this is the perfect vacation, usually you come out on the pier, quietly look around, assess the atmosphere with a sober mind and go on! Besides, all my friends can afford Turkey, it's an ideal place to relax and have fun together. We had an awesome company!
You, apparently, a man without pathos?
Why pathos? Why do you need it?
Update: Seems like it was Q & A with a media and Ekaterina Baleva missed something. Here's what Ovi said (SovSport.ru) after he replied about his vacation in Turkey:
On Monday I'll start my training together with Kovalchuk, Filatov and Zherdev. And on August 15th I'll continue my training with Dynamo.
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