Alex Ovechkin's wife responds to weight gain rumors.

Alex Ovechkin's wife responds to weight gain rumors.

The wife of Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is pushing back on the weight gain rumors.

Jonathan Larivee

Over the weekend a series of pictures and videos of Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin were published on social media, all of which appeared to show that the Capitals captain had quickly gained some significant weight during the offseason.

The pictures, which were originally published on the gribova_ira Instagram account, appeared to show Ovechkin sporting a bit of a belly while playing volleyball at the beach and were quickly shared all over social media. In spite of the fact that the pictures did appear to show a slightly heavier Ovechkin, it appears as though rumors of his offseason weight gain may have been premature.

The rumors of Ovechkin's weight gain appear to have traveled fast because they have now elicited a response from Instagram user nastyashubskaya, aka Alex Ovechkin's wife. In her response, Ovechkin's wife has shared both still images and video of her husband to show that he is in fact looking perfectly healthy and normal.

Here is a still photo she published to her own Instagram account:

And the video that she shared of Ovechkin playing cards:

I don't think this will do much to prevent the sharing of photos of Ovechkin looking a little heavier during the offseason, but it may reassure Capitals fans who were concerned about what kind of shape their captain will be in come the start of the 2024-25 National Hockey League season.