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Alex Ovechkin still hoping to represent Russia at 2018 Winter Olympics

August 7th, 2017 at 7:20 AM
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Alex Ovechkin has represented Team Russia in the past three Olympic Games. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

While the NHL has been firm on its position to not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is still hopeful he can represent his native Russia in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“We’ll hope I’ll be allowed to participate,” he said in Russian to Sport-Express. “There’s always a chance.”

Ovechkin added that there hasn’t been any change in his status, and he also hasn’t contacted players from other NHL teams about their intentions for the Olympics. When the league’s commissioner, Gary Bettman, was asked about Olympic participation during the Stanley Cup finals in late May, he said, “We have an expectation that none of our players are going.” Asked specifically about repercussions for players like Ovechkin, …

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