The NHL has yet to determine whether players will participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but Alex Ovechkin has made it quite clear multiple times that he intends to take part when Russia hosts the games.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Ovechkin will serve as one of the torchbearers for the 123-day relay.
“I’m very excited. It’s a big thing in Russia and it’s a very good thing,” Ovechkin said. “I’m very proud I’m one of the guy who is going to have torch. I’m very happy and it means a lot to me.”
Earlier this week Coca-Cola released an advertisement for a contest to take part in the relay, featuring Ovechkin. Check it out below (s/t Puck Daddy)