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Alex Ovechkin in a burka and wool hat at Russian soccer game

Is that Ovi or Cousin It under all that fur? (Photo via FC Anzhi Makhachkala’s official site)

But if you happened to run into Ovi at a recent Russian Premier League soccer match between Zenit Saint Petersburg and Anzhi, you might have had a spot of trouble.

The hosts from Anzhi honored Ovechkin with a traditional Dagestani burka (cape) and papakha (wool hat).

The Great 8 certainly won’t be needing his new furry garb stateside anytime soon, but it can get pretty chilly in winter in Dagestan and the new threads certainly look well-insulated.

The burka may also come in handy when Ovechkin is hopping between classes at the Russian State Universiy of Physical Culture, where Ovie is reportedly pursing a graduate degree — all the while not looking fat (from DC Sports Bog).

(More photos and the rest of the story at Russian Machine Never Breaks.)

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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