Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The other Ovechkin

Roughly 24 hours from now, some 550 miles to the north in Toronto, his younger brother will accept the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award, the clear choice as the NHL MVP. Mikhail won't be there. He has to be here to do his job, to live his life. Because as much as it might seem like Mikhail Ovechkin exists shrouded by his brother's long shadow — residing in the same city, working in the same building — Mikhail is trying hard to have a life of his own.
A great story.



At 10:31 p.m., June 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for him. I always thought it would be a fascinating story to follow the siblings of famous NHL players. I know from personal experience. The older brother of a former Leafs defenseman #23 didn't handle his brother's success well at all.
Failed marriages and alcoholism..a real shame.
Would be an interesting subject to examine.

At 2:09 a.m., June 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Similiar story in Ottawa where Alfredsson's younger brother Henrik lives normal life. He is either a fireman or police officer.

I wonder how easy it was for these guys to get their work visa? Maybe there was some help from brother's employers? Well, ofcourse there was or did a kid from Moscow just get lucky with immigration;)

At 12:23 p.m., June 25, 2008, Blogger I Have Kasparaitis said...

Mario Lemieux's older brother, Alain, tried his luck in the NHL but didn't have much success. he played a few games, I think 1 or 2 actually in Pittsburgh with his brother. He's a nice guy and still is around hockey, but he didn't have as much talent, which can be said about a lot of people when compared to Mario.

At 11:44 p.m., June 27, 2008, Anonymous Bob.C said...

Great story. I remember reading a story a few years back (probably linked to from this blog) when Alex and Mikhail we're living together. Nice to see where Mikhail's life has gone since.


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