By Jim Bender, Winnipeg Sun, Aug. 14, 2010:
Every week, a Sun staffer gets to know a local sports personality a little better and Jim Bender caught up to Winkler’s Eric Fehr, who recently re-signed with the NHL’s Washington Capitals and was in town to participate in the Believe in the Goal Foundation events.
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It’s a totally a different change of pace for sure. I know, when I go home each summer, it’s a much slower pace. When we go to Washington, it’s a lot of hustle, a lot of moving around and a lot more traffic, for sure.
What’s it like to play with a guy like Alexander Ovechkin?
It’s great. It’s someone you can watch in practice and you can learn from. He’s a real skilled player but he also works hard, so he’s definitely a guy you want to look up to. He’s pretty good. He seems to score on every shot he takes (in practice). It’s pretty crazy but I’m trying to work on my shot the way he’s been doing and try to catch up to speed … What you see in games, you see in practice. He goes hard and shoots pucks from everywhere and finds a way to score.
Ovechkin has been known as a free spirit, what’s he like off the ice?
He’s a great guy. He’s real energetic and a real positive guy and a good guy to have around the dressing room … He loves to put shaving cream in towels and waits for guys to come out of the shower.
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Photo: MATS WENNERHOLM
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But the best pal Alexander Ovechkin has not visited him this summer despite a standing invitation.
"We have called each other a few times and we will meet again soon when the training camp starts. He didn't want to leave Moscow this summer," said Niklas.
H/t to AB.