Alexander Ovechkin answered some tough questions earlier within the week about his native nation Russia invading Ukraine, and one NHL Corridor of Famer isn’t pleased with the way in which the Washington Capitals star has dealt with the state of affairs.
Former NHL goaltender Dominik Hasek, who spent most of his profession with the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Pink Wings, unloaded on Ovechkin in an animated Twitter rant on Saturday. The 57-year-old Czech known as Ovechkin “hen s—” and known as for all Russian NHL gamers to have their contracts suspended.
“What!? Not solely an alibist, a hen s–, but additionally a liar!” Hasek wrote in response to Ovechkin’s comments (edited by LBS for profanity). “Each grownup in Europe is aware of properly, that Putin is a mad killer and that Russia is waging an offensive struggle in opposition to the free nation and its individuals. The NHL should instantly droop contracts. The NHL should instantly droop contracts for all Russian gamers! Each athlete represents not solely himself and his membership, but additionally his nation and its values and actions. That could be a reality. If the NHL doesn’t achieve this, it has oblique co-responsibility for the useless in Ukraine.”
Hasek mentioned he feels “very sorry” for the Russian athletes who’ve condemned Russian president Vladimir Putin’s actions. Nonetheless, he feels “their exclusion is a necessity.”
Hockey reporter Rick Westhead has confirmed that the Twitter account does, certainly, belong to Hasek.
Hasek’s opinion has clearly not been extremely popular. Some individuals had been sad with the way Ovechkin answered questions about Russia’s invasion. That doesn’t imply each skilled Russian athlete must be unemployed.
Hasek gained a gold medal on the 1998 Olympics whereas enjoying for the Czech Republic. He additionally gained two Stanley Cups with Detroit and was inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame in 2014.