- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2008

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Alex Ovechkin joined the Russian national team in advance of the world hockey championships and was awaiting insurance before he will be allowed to practice or play.

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation will be responsible for insuring Ovechkin and the 13-year, $124-million contract he signed with the Washington Capitals earlier this year.

Ovechkin said he is eager to get on the ice and is optimistic everything will be taken care of before the tournament opens Friday.

“I came here to play with my team,” Ovechkin said yesterday after a workout. “When you don’t know if you’re going to play or not, it’s a hard situation. I’m waiting, that’s what I have to do — just wait.”

The Russians hope to atone for a disappointing showing at the world championships last year in Moscow. Ovechkin was part of that team, which won bronze after being upset by Finland in the semifinals.

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