Alex Ovechkin has certainly reached a level of North American fame such that he can no longer pop in and out of this continent while interrupting his Estonian vacations — or whatever it is he’s doing back home — without his presence being noticed. Repeatedly. In humorous fashion.
A brief timeline.
Sunday night: Caps fan @Matt_Leighton spots Ovechkin by the water at D.C.’s Sequoia. His request for a photo didn’t exactly work out, but the restaurant later sent out this Ovi image from its Twitter account.
If there’s a suggestion there that Ovechkin would rather pose for photos with two comely waitresses than a young male hockey fan, well, I’m not going to tell you you’re wrong.
Monday morning: The Ovechkin-in-transit sightings begin, ably chronicled by Alex Ovetjkin.
Just boarded plane in washington only to discover Ovechkin sitting in an aisle seat
Like this one.
Alex ovechkin walked by me and smiled... Made my day before 7am
Or this one.
Alexander Ovechkin is standing next to me at the airport. Wearing a shirt that says "F#@K Off! I guess I shouldn't ask for a pic.
Or, uh, this one.
Monday afternoon: From there, it’s off to Toronto for Ovechkin, where he had some sort of video shoot lined up. But no video shoot would be complete without a bit of preparatory comedy, in which Ovechkin suggests that Toronto was in the U.S., his name becomes a trending topic in Canada and a national Web site makes fun of him. Toronto is definitely close to the U.S. Closer than a Turkish resort town, anyhow.
Monday evening: And now it’s up to our friends north of the border to chronicle Ovechkin’s progress, with grace and aplomb and a real level head.
We just saw alexandre ovechkin at yamatos OMMG ITS HIMM OMMMMG
AHHHHH TAKING PICS AHHHH
Yamato, by the way, appears to be “a Japanese restaurant of long standing,” which should make you feel better.
Where will he go next? Only the heavens know. Well, and IMG probably knows too.