Ovechkin: off the bench and up the aisle 1

The old joke goes something like this: “Never date a tennis player – because in tennis, love means nothing.”

Washington Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin obviously thinks differently. On December 31, he and fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko (currently ranked world #14 in women’s tennis) announced their engagement in that most twentysomething of ways, on Twitter.

Meet the new Mrs. O.

Ovechkin’s last couple of seasons haven’t been stellar – but with this move, he’s guaranteed that whatever else befalls him this year, 2013 will be a good one. And for hockey fans starved during the lockout, this story, with its obvious visual attractions, was a welcome break from Bettman & Fehr Round 14.


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