Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has seen the tweets and heard the reports of unfinished hotel rooms in the resort town of Sochi, Russia. And he’s not happy about the beating his home country has taken as it prepares for the start of the Olympic Games.
“I’ve been in three Olympic Games,” Ovechkin said on Thursday. “I remember Torino and Vancouver and nobody said something bad about Vancouver or Torino. Why you guys always try to find some bad things in Sochi?
“Sometimes it’s just like people trying to find things, like, ‘Oh, they have lights in the toilets or they have bathroom without [working] toilets. It’s Olympics, guys. C’mon. Everybody has to enjoy it and not find like bad stuff out there.
“In Torino there was construction work and nobody said anything about that. Of course, everybody say different political stuff, but just settle down.”
Ovechkin said it’s “good news” that Team Russia captain Pavel Datsyuk has been cleared to play for Detroit and is likely to participate in the Olympics. “I’m pretty sure he’s going to be fine and one of our leaders out there.”
Meanwhile, Team Canada will be without Steven Stamkos, who will be replaced by Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Marty St. Louis.
“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be hard for him,” Ovechkin said. “It’s really bad for the fans. They want to see the best players out there and he’s one of them. Unfortunately, he’s not going to play.”