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We always knew Alex Ovechkin was gr8 on and off the ice. On Wednesday we learned more about Ovechkin the teammate.
In his weekly segment with the Sports Junkies, Brooks Laich revealed that, in a recent season, teammate Alexander Ovechkin bought every single teammate Breitling watches. (Laich couldn’t remember the exact season but said it was the season that Alex had “cleaned up with the trophies,” so it could’ve been 2007-08; when Ovi won the Rocket Richard, Art Ross, Lester B. Pearson, and Hart trophies; or 2012-13, the most recent year that he won the Richard and Hart.)
Breitling watches are not cheap. They retail anywhere from $3,000 – 9,825 each. Alex Ovechkin spent at least $90,000 on watches for his team.
— VALENTINE (@JValentineTa2s) January 13, 2016
From Laich’s radio segment:
“You’re talking, that’s a lot of money. You’re talking twenty-something players, I think staff are included too. That’s a lot of money, and I don’t think people—it was never a headline, or a story, or at least I wasn’t aware that it was. It was just something that he quietly did, he had a little meeting and just said, ‘I want to thank my teammates, I couldn’t have done this without you guys, and I want to present you guys with a little gift.’ And that’s the kind of teammate he is.”
Laich also talked about Ovi’s enthusiasm, bringing up a memory from a not-so-great game against the Flames:
“There was one time in particular in Calgary where we weren’t playing very well, and we had just gotten chewed out by the coach, and right away [Ovechkin] goes to the stereo and he puts on the reggae song ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy.’ Right after this [expletive deleted]-chewing from the coach, he lit up our team, whatever, [and Ovechkin] goes to the stereo goes to the stereo and puts on ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ to just kind of lighten the whole room again.”
Listen to the whole call:
The saga continues.
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