I’m not all that concerned about Alex Ovechkin’s theatrics after he scored his fiftieth. His ‘laying his stick on the ice and pretending it was too hot to pick up’ have people talking. And almost half of fans polled say they don’t like it.
I suppose Ovechkin’s antics were a little silly, but nothing to get in an uproar about because Ovechkin can get a little over the top sometimes. He’s a theatrical guy. And silly as he may be sometimes, at least he gets people smiling. Was it any different from the way Tiger Williams would celebrate by gliding with his sticks between his legs, or Theoren Fleury waving madly as he slid about forty feet across the ice on his knees?
I’m not crazy about showboating in general but I think we should cut Ovechkin a little slack here because the NHL needs characters like this crazy Russian. There’s too much blandness in the league, with players giving the rehearsed answers to media questions, with the usual cliches strewn throughout. In a restaurant, they all look alike. Same clothes, same hair. Ovechkin doesn’t fit that mold. And although the hot stick and the two-stick shootout at the All Star game were both planned, much of what he does is just natural.
Don’t forget, he’s also a fifty goal scorer.