Alex Ovechkin Takes a Shot at The Controversial Dominik Hasek

Tom Banks
September 18, 2023  (8:39)

Legendary Russian Alexander Ovechkin has taken plenty of criticism over his career, and in recent times, plenty of it has come from one place: Dominik Hasek. Now, the Great 8 has fired back.

Shots fired


This rivalry started with Hasek taking shots at Ovechkin and his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it's safe to say the iconic goaltender didn't hold back.
What!? Not only an alibist, a chicken sh*t, but also a liar! Every adult in Europe knows well, that Putin is a mad killer and that Russia is waging an offensive war against the free country and its people. The NHL must immediately suspend contracts for all Russian players! Every athlete represents not only himself and his club, but also his country and its values and actions. That is a fact. If the NHL does not do so, it has indirect co-responsibility for the dead in Ukraine.

I also want to write, that I am very sorry for those Russian athletes, who condemn V. Putin and his Russian aggression in Ukraine. However, at the moment I also consider their exclusion a necessity.
Hasek has just echoed the sentiments that many others have had over the past year, but now, he's caught the attention of Ovechkin.

Fighting back

Unsurprisingly, given what we've seen from Ovechkin over his career, these comments have left him completely unmoved, as his reaction was exactly what you'd expect.
I'm not very interested in his statements, he told Russian news site Izvestia of Hasek's harsh assessment. Of course, I know him as a good goalkeeper in my time.

Ovechkin has unsurprisingly shown support for the NHL's decision to not ban Russian players from the league, and with such passion from both sides, this may not be the end of this story.