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Sammi’s Daily Mix: Ovechkin’s Cameo, Capitals Preseason, Da Beauty League Update

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Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and former teammate Ilya Kovalchuk made a cameo in Tula.

We’re an inch closer to the NHL preseason, and the Washington Capitals have released their exhibition schedule. All the while, Alex Ovechkin made an appearance with a familiar friend in Russia, and Da Beauty League is preparing to wrap up the campaign on Wednesday.

Here’s everything to know from across the league.

Capitals Links

  • Alex Ovechkin and longtime friend and former Capitals forward Ilya Kovalchuk appeared at the Governor’s Cup opening ceremony. Diane Doyle details their ceremonial puck drop, a training session with young players and more. (NoVa Caps)
  • Speaking of Ovechkin, the Washington captain looked ahead to the end of his playing career in an interview with TASS. Ian Oland has more on what he had to say and why he may want to hang up the skates with Dynamo Moscow. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
  • Who will be the X-factor for the Capitals this season? Michael Marzzacco takes a look at Capitals to watch. (Stars & Sticks)

NHL Links

  • Jimmy Hayes, a former Boston College player and NHLer, passed away at the age of 31. Jimmy Murphy remembers Hayes, a beloved father, brother, cousin, friend and teammate. (Boston Hockey Now)
  • Taking a look at the Capitals’ top rival, Dan Kingerski compares Ron Hextall to Jim Rutherford and discusses the Penguins’ roster needs. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • The future is bright for several NHL teams right now, thanks to impressive prospect pools and top stars. Adam Gretz breaks down the teams with the best five-year windows right now. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes

  • Da Beauty League is coming to an end, with Walser taking on Jimmy John’s in the John Scott Championship Cup game. Shane Gersich, who has been lighting it up and could be a dark horse for a roster spot, and former Washington forward Travis Boyd are on Team J.J., while Walser features Jake Guentzel, Brock Nelson and other NHLers. Boyd tallied four goals Jimmy John’s 10-9 win over Nor-Son, where Nick Jensen finished his DBL run on a high note. Here are some highlights:

  • The Capitals released their 2021-22 preseason schedule, with the exhibition games kicking off with a showdown against the Bruins at Capital One Arena on Sunday, Sept. 26.

  • It hasn’t been an easy few days for the hockey community. NHLers, fans and many more paid tribute to the late Hayes, a loved teammate, friend and family member who made a positive impact on everyone he met both on and off the ice. Rest in peace, “Broadway.” My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this time.

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