During the NHL’s media tour in New York this week, Alex Ovechkin discussed a number of topics, from the plane crash that killed most of the members of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the Capitals’ upcoming season and former teammate Matt Bradley’s comments.

If you haven’t seen them already, here are a few stories to check out the day before rookie camp begins at KCI:

From the Globe and Mail, here’s more from Ovechkin on the Lokomotiv tragedy:

“I lost a lot of friends this summer,” Ovechkin said quietly. “I had a lot of situations this summer. This … this was just one of them. Anything can happen in this world. It just happens that those were friends, who do the same job I do. It’s a huge tragedy and loss but … you never know when and you never know how.”

Ovechkin could not have been clearer: seldom has he looked forward to returning to the ice as on the eve of this particular Washington Capitals training camp. “I always play hard,” he said, “but this year … I think I need to play double hard.”

Ovechkin also didn’t hold back this time when asked about the comments of his former teammate. From ESPN:

Ovechkin said if players have issues with each other, they should be dealt with in the locker room, not in the media.

“Why you have to do this? I don’t respect that,” Ovechkin said. “I think it was bad. I think the players know that. It has to be in the locker room, and nothing has to go out from the locker room. We’re all players. We all respect each other, but I don’t want to say bad things about Brads or different guys that left.

“I think it’s stupid.”