Alex Ovechkin says he still wants to play in the Olympics
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.