It had been a few months since Alex Ovechkin last saw his wife and children, and the Washington Capitals captain got to finally reunite with them on Wednesday.
With the Capitals season now over, Ovechkin returned home to Moscow. In an Instagram video posted by his wife, Nastya, Ovechkin is seen returning home and reuniting with his children, Sergei and Ilya. He also appeared to catch up with his mother and father.
Ovechkin appears to surprise his boys before embracing both of them.
Looking back at the season, Ovechkin said it was difficult to be away from his family for months.
“It was tough,” he said. “I saw my wife only once, one week. And I didn’t see my kids since they left.”
With his children overseas, the 36-year-old relied on FaceTime and other means of communication to keep in touch with his family with the season still going on.
“It’s a good thing we have technology,” Ovechkin said. “You can see them, talk to them. I can’t imagine if we were back to ’90s. You have to write a message or write something, so it would be much harder. Right now, we can talk. We can see each other, and they know who I am.”
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Ovechkin will take the offseason to spend time with family and rest, while also recovering from a late shoulder injury before returning for training camp. He is coming off one of the best years of his career where he became the highest-scoring European of all-time. He dished 50 goals and 40 assists through 77 games. In the playoffs, he had one goal, five assists and 30 hits.
“Every year you have to be physically ready, mentally ready,” Ovechkin said, adding, “Right now, it’s time to get a rest, finally to see family and go back home. Take a rest and get ready for next year.”