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Chatter remains loud around Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin and his support of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s unjust war against Ukraine. Earlier this season, there were even reports that the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) had made an official appeal to the Canadian government to have Ovechkin banned from the country. In particular, the UCC asked the federal government in December to deny Ovechkin entry into Canada prior to the Capitals’ game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
Ovi remains focused on chasing Wayne Gretzky’s record, but on Tuesday, it was revealed that his page on MoneyPuck now redirects to an article titled: “What to do about a problem called Alex Ovechkin: A look at the NHLer’s close ties to [President RUS].” and a donation page for Ukraine.
Not sure if Ovechkin is aware of the controversial stance from MoneyPuck online, but he probably hasn’t help his case as he never criticized the Russian government for the invasion of Ukraine and for years he has kept a photo of himself with Putin as the profile picture on his Instagram account.
Hockey fans and North Americans, in general, paid little attention to Ovechkin’s relationship with Putin until Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Knowing that he is a popular search, Money Puck went a step further to criticize the player and link him to a controversy.
Now things like this Money Puck page redirect is catching attention and Ovechkin is caught once again in the controversy.
Last year, MoneyPuck made their feelings clear about Ovechkin and his support of Putin.
It was a matter of time before they went at it again, this time, trying to support people of Ukraine.