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12-28-2011, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by txpd View Post
most teams have a captain that stands up in front of the media for his team. the caps for a long time had kolzig and a captain. i wonder why we hear so little from ovechkin on this subject. the language issue can only take it so far.
Its not just language. Its a culture thing as well. I don't think Ovi knows how to stand in front of the camera for 10 minutes and keep saying the "right things". Nothing against Ovi, doing things that way was probably never a part of hockey in Russia. Are there any other young Russians in the NHL who is smooth at that? How long did it take Federov to look comfortable and suave in front of the camera?

And just because Ovi isn't comfortable saying the "captainy" things in front of the camera doesn't mean it makes him a bad captain. I've seen how the team as a whole responds when Ovi's got a jump in his game. When Ovi gets going the entire team gets going. And leading by example is something a captain needs to do well.

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