More Sedate Ovechkin Ready to Charge

Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post

Alex Ovechkin’s offseason was quiet. He wasn’t photographed partying with Russian club dancers on a yacht in Turkey, and there were no images of him that sparked a debate about his fitness level. This summer was different. This summer, Ovechkin served as the most enthusiastic supporter — and occasional equipment bag lackey — for his now fiancee, professional tennis player Maria Kirilenko.

The routine took a little getting used to, Ovechkin admitted recently, what with going to sleep early only to rise early the next day for a practice. It wasn’t how he usually spent his time away from hockey, but...

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