Apparently Ilya Bryzgalov isn’t the only Russian hockey player interested in the universe. After being awarded the Kharlamov Trophy as the NHL’s best Russian player on Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin was presented with an official “certificate” from Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin.
The certificate commemorates the asteroid that Elenin discovered on March 31, 2009 and named Ovechkin five years later. Elenin called the asteroid a late birthday gift for the Russian machine at the time.
Because this press conference is the gift that keeps on giving, Ovechkin was asked about the asteroid and his answer was priceless.
Via Sov Sport and another Igor Kleyner translation:
How would you like to become a space tourist and look at your unusual real estate property?
Alex Ovechkin: I am doing all right staying on Earth. Don’t want to do something that risky. Maybe when I am older, closer to the sunset of my life, I can take flight to the stars and stay there. I’ll build a dacha [vacation home] on my asteroid. But it’s nice to be able to look into the sky knowing there is Ovechkin out there.
Of course a follow-up question had to be asked.
You mentioned building a dacha. Have you ever made anything with your own hands?
Alex Ovechkin: When I was little, I helped my grandma and grandpa dig out potatoes at their village [garden]. In Washington, my mom gave me a toolbox. If needed, I can screw a bolt or hammer a nail. Recently my friend and I made a table, assembled a couch. I can even fix a toilet. Why not? It’s a needed skill.
Toilet fixing will be very important when Alex Ovechkin begins his new life on an asteroid named Alex Ovechhkin. And if Ovi brings his dog named Ovi to live on the heavenly body named Ovi, well it’s not like we could love this guy anymore.
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