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Alex Ovechkin kept away from media after Russia invades Ukraine

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Feb 17, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals superstar captain Alex Ovechkin reportedly was not made available to the media on Thursday morning, hours after his native Russia sent troops into the Ukraine.

Ovechkin is a longtime supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He expressed his support of Putin during an Instagram post in 2017, and his Instagram account features a picture of himself and the Russian president as his profile picture.

Per the Washington Post, the Capitals did not make Ovechkin available to offer his thoughts on the world events on Thursday ahead of their game against the New York Rangers.

“Expecting Alex Ovechkin to be available to media in the coming days. He was requested this AM, but Caps want to keep the focus on tonight’s game vs NYR,” beat writer Samantha Pell wrote.

“Ovechkin wants further time before speaking on Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

“Ovechkin’s wife, kids, mom + dad are in Russia.”

Against the Rangers, Ovechkin will face fellow Russian Artemi Panarin, who has has been vocal about his dislike for Putin in the past.

The world’s events aren’t just affecting the NHL.

Next week’s tennis tournament in Moscow will not take place as scheduled “due to concerns over player safety and uncertainty related to international travel following the recent escalation of events between Russia and Ukraine,” the ATP Challenger Tour wrote on Twitter.

Also, Michael Stockton — the son of basketball Hall of Fame member John Stockton — left his team of Budivelnyk Kyiv in Ukraine’s SuperLeague last week to return home to Spokane, Wash., agent Mike Main told USA Today.

Per basketball.realgm.com, there are approximately 60 American men on Ukrainian rosters.

–Field Level Media