Ovechkin recognizes that after going through four coaches in nine seasons, the reason for the Capitals’ lack of success no longer falls squarely on the administration. “Responsibility … is always on us,” he said.
The network said in an email to The Canadian Press on Thursday “there was never an expectation” that HBO would do such a show leading to the Winter Classic every year. The NHL said it will announce plans Sept. 23 for its new Winter Classic show partner.
Ovechkin said Thursday he spent approximately two months recovering from the right knee injury he sustained in May while playing for Russia in the IIHF World Championship and that he’s been able to work out and prepare for the upcoming season for at least the past month.
The former Capitals coach is 111-55-22 in nearly three seasons with the Ducks, transforming an underachieving club into a championship contender. Anaheim won the Pacific Division title in each of the past two seasons.
While a variety of locations in the area had been suggested in the media for months, including FedEx Field, RFK Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and even the National Mall, it always seemed apparent that Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, would host the game.