At 9:34 AM on Saturday, Alex Ovechkin welcomed his first son into the world. Along with that welcome came the announcement that he, and wife Nastya Ovechkina, had named their son after Ovechkin’s late brother, Sergei.
During Ovechkin’s exit interview, following the Capitals’ Stanley Cup win, RMNB’s Ian Oland jokingly asked whether the name Stanislav, the Russian equivalent of Stanley, would be on the list should the couple have a son. “If a boy?” Ovechkin replied, trying not to give anything away. “Probably not.” He smiled and laughed.
Ovechkin naming his son after his late brother should come as little surprise. Sergei’s influence on Ovechkin’s choice to pursue hockey has been well-documented, though Ovi has only spoken sparingly about the subject over the years.