Alex Ovechkin Playing in 2018 Olympics Regardless of NHL Decision

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin has made clear his intentions to to play in the 2018 Olympics, regardless of whether the NHL is on board or not.

The 30-year-old Capitals star has taken just about every opportunity to represent his native Russia on the global stage; thus far in his career he’s participated in three Winter Olympics, and — between the junior and senior levels — the world championships nearly a dozen times.

So, with the South Korea Games approaching, the NHL again wades into the murky waters of considering disallowing its players to participate. Ovechkin cares not one iota.

Ovechkin even jokingly threatened retirement, as he’s done in the past, if the NHL imposes an Olympic ban. Via Puck Daddy:

“Yeah. Maybe I won’t be in the NHL. Maybe I’ll be retired then. We’ll see,” he said, smiling widely.

For the Capitals’ sake, hopefully the NHL and its players can come to a peaceful resolution.

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