ESPN released a new feature for E:60, focused on Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, titled The Great 8. The Washington Capitals posted it on their social media channels late Thursday night.
The feature was hosted by former Capitals beat writer for the Washington Post, Rachel Nichols, who is now one of the biggest sports journalists in the world for ESPN. Using a 2009 E:60 feature she did with Ovechkin as a foundation, Nichols’ feature weaves through footage between 2009 and now to play up Ovechkin’s greatness (similar to old Michael Jordan videos) and his growth as a hockey player and person through a narrative-driven story.
There’s not much new in this 10-minute clip that hardcore Capitals fans haven’t seen or don’t already know. But it’s still mandatory viewing. The feature is a joy to watch as it highlights Ovechkin’s greatest hits and relives the team’s 2018 Stanley Cup championship. Nichols is an excellent storyteller and reporter and ESPN’s editing and video presentation is second to none.
One of the most interesting things we learn in the clip is that Ovechkin has never watched Game Five back, the night the Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup Final, and he can’t remember holding up the Stanley Cup for the first time.
“Tough memories because it’s erased,” Ovechkin said. “I was so excited, I can’t remember basically nothing. Just blackout. When you watch the video, you watch the highlights, I never watch the game (back) yet. Um, because, I don’t know, maybe one day. That game was probably the biggest game of my life.”
Here are my favorite moments.
[Rachel Nichols narrates. “10 years ago, I interviewed one of the most exciting young players the NHL has ever seen.”]
Rachel Nichols: “These are really hard questions. You ready?”
Alex Ovechkin: “How many?”
Rachel Nichols: “A lot.”
Alex Ovechkin: “2 page?”
Rachel Nichols: “My friend…” [holds up multiple pages]
Alex Ovechkin: “Oh my god, you kidding me?”
Rachel Nichols: “Yup.”
Alex Ovechkin: “Jesus.” [buries head into hands]
Nichols asked if he ever thought he was the problem.
“I don’t know. I never felt like it, maybe it was me, maybe the Capitals should trade me and get a couple of pieces they missing but… how you say, destiny.”
I don’t believe you, Ovi.
Here’s Nichols’ previous E:60 feature on Ovechkin from 2009 in full.
Headline photo: ESPN
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.