Ovi on new Bauer deal, his 'perfect body'
September, 6, 2011
By ESPN.com | ESPN.com
Alex Ovechkin gathered the media at the Washington Capitals' practice facility on Tuesday to announce his six-year sponsorship deal with Bauer Hockey.
After announcing the deal, Ovechkin answered some questions about his offseason training, his evolution as the team captain and his definition of being serious.
He said he started working out on July 23, which is earlier than he had in the past, and added that he is now in better shape than last season.
While he wouldn't reveal his workout routine for fear someone else would steal it, he said, "My body is perfect right now."
Ovechkin will start using the soon-to-be unveiled Bauer Vapor APX stick and be featured in the advertising campaign for the stick.
As part of the deal, Bauer and Ovechkin with donate 108 sets of equipment to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex and the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association in Washington. They will donate an additional 108 sets to Dynamo Hockey School in Moscow.
Nicklas Backstrom, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, Henrik Lundqvist, Eric Staal, Mike Richards and Ryan Kesler also have deals with Bauer.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis also answered some questions Tuesday about the team's revamped roster and "productive offseason."
Leonsis said general manager George McPhee "had a really good offseason. And as I've said, there is not another dollar to spend, there is not another ticket to sell. It's all up to the organization now to be very, very focused and improve upon last season.
"There is not much left that we have to do in management. It's now up to the players and the coaches."
Video courtesy of Washington Capitals.