Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and fiancée Nastya Shubskaya flew back to Washington, D.C. around 1:30PM, Monday. Reader Anna Moiseev noticed the Russian machine on her flight from Moscow to D.C. when she leaned out to take a photo of her nephew and brother-in-law.
“Ovechkin was sitting in the aisle across from us,” Anna Moiseev said. “He was asleep for most of the flight. It was quite random and funny.”
Here’s another photo.
Ovechkin’s business for flying back to DC is unknown. The Capitals did not return a request for comment at the time of publication.
Caps regulars John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom are already back in Arlington, Virginia, getting ready for next season and the World Cup of Hockey that begins in mid-September.
Team Russia’s World Cup training camp will be held in St. Petersburg, according to ESPN. Their first exhibition game will be in St. Petersburg against the Czech Republic on Sept. 8.
Ovechkin had been training for next season and the World Cup in his native Russia, and became the subject of a rumor that made national news last Monday.
Russian journalist Alexei Shevchenko reported that Ovechkin injured one of his ligaments (lower body) while playing basketball with friends. Shevchenko said Ovechkin’s recovery time would be three weeks and that the Russian machine may miss the World Cup of Hockey.
Ovechkin strongly refuted the report saying to “not believe the rumors” and that he was “doing my usual volume of work in the gym and on the ice.”
Ovechkin also published two videos of himself working out, one on the ice and another on a track.
work hard 🇷🇺 💪👊! pic.twitter.com/lTHDcNk4I0
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) August 11, 2016
Caps spokesman Sergey Kocharov said there was “no truth” to the injury claims, and the Russian national team denied the report in a press release.
Earlier this month, an editor for Russian Cosmo wrote that Ovechkin and fiancee Nastya Shubskaya would marry this month. That report is still unconfirmed.
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