Don’t Make Alexander Ovechkin Angry, You Won’t Like Him When He’s Angry
If the NHL believes that punishing Alexander Ovechkin with a two-game suspension is going to make the superstar change and maybe think twice before playing the aggressive style of hockey he has always played, they better think again.
In fact, when asked if the suspension might make him even more intense, more aggressive, Ovechkin replied:
“Maybe,” he said Wednesday, “it just gets me more angry.”
Ovechkin, known for his intense play almost as much as his prolific scoring, was suspended due to a knee-to-knee hit on Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Ovechkin was ejected from the game due to the hit, but claimed it wasn’t intentional.
In a statement released by the Capitals after the announcement of the suspension, Ovechkin stated that, “I regret that this has happened. I’m glad that Tim wasn’t injured because I never ever want to see anyone get hurt.”
Ovechkin was injured himself in the knee-to-knee hit, so he might have missed at least one of the games anyway. Ultimately, it cost Ovie $98,844.16 in salary. Despite injuring himself, Ovie promises he’ll keep playing “risky.”
“I just play my game and I just enjoy my time and I enjoy my life,” Ovechkin said. “It’s me, and it is what it is.”
“I play risky,” he said. “I won’t try and hit and make some people get hurt, but people sometimes turn right away and I don’t have time to realize and stop. What can you do? You can do nothing.”
But in the end, Ovechkin claims that he isn’t going to change simply because the NHL is forcing him to sit out two games. “I’m not going to change anything,” Ovechkin said.
Good for you, Ovie. Unfrozen Caveman Hockey Players shouldn’t be forced to change. Our world frightens and confuses him! Sometimes the goal horns in our NHL arenas make him want to cut his shift short and run off into the hills, or wherever.
Ovechkin won’t change his style [ESPN]
‘Risky,’ ‘reckless’ Ovechkin suspended 2 games [Yahoo!/AP]