Alex Ovechkin says he still wants to play in the Olympics

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Alex Ovechkin was op­posed to the NHL’s de­ci­sion to pull its play­ers out of the Olympics when the move was made in April.

As of to­day, he hasn’t changed his mind.

The Washington Cap­i­tals cap­tain told the Rus­sian news­pa­per, Sport Ex­press, that he still wants to play.

“As far as par­tic­i­pa­tion in the near­est Olympics is con­cerned, there are no changes,” Ovechkin said. “Let’s hope they let me speak.”

Ovechkin spoke out to re­porters af­ter the de­ci­sion was made, say­ing he was “still go­ing.”

“I think ev­ery­body wants to play there,” he said at the time.

“It’s the big­gest op­por­tu­nity in your life to play in the Olympic Games,” he said. “So, I don’t know, some­body is go­ing to tell me ‘don’t go,’ I don’t care, I just go.”

NHL own­ers didn’t want their play­ers in the Pyeongchang Games be­cause it would shuts down the sea­son for two weeks. Ev­ery coun­try that par­tic­i­pates in the Games would be in that po­si­tion. The NHL says it won’t al­low any player with an NHL con­tract to com­pete.

Ovechkin’s owner, Ted Leon­sis, told Sports Il­lus­trated in April that if Ovechkin wants to go to the Olympics, he’ll sup­port him.

Ovechkin told Sports-Ex­press that he hasn’t spo­ken to other NHL play­ers to see what can be done.

Alex Ovechkin says his mind is made up.

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