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Caps GM admits Ovechkin has played at 242 pounds

Mar 1, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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Via D.C. Sports Bog (h/t Wysh), Capitals GM George McPhee spoke to ESPN 980 Tuesday and disclosed that Alex Ovechkin once played at 242 pounds. (You can download the podcast here.)

According to, that would make him the 15th-heaviest player in the league, the same as Dustin Penner. (Though that doesn’t account for all the liars.)

McPhee noted that Ovechkin’s commitment to the game is “a lot better than it was,” but yikes – 242 pounds?

“He’s in terrific shape right now,” McPhee said. “And guys do different things in the summer. Ovi’s usually gotten by by just being a great athlete. Show up and play. And we’ve talked to him, that doesn’t happen in this league. At some point it has to kick in, you have to train, and he’s at 224 right now. And he hasn’t been at 224 in a few years.”

McPhee added: “He played at 242 once, and he got suspended for hitting a few people. And he was crushing guys, and he loved crushing guys, and we said you know what, Bruce [Boudreau] always thought he was a better player at about 227… And you can see it when he’s moving out there, he’s flying.”

It’s not clear whether Ovechkin bulked up to 242 pounds because “he loved crushing guys” or because he loved crushing booze and buffets. Teammate Brooks Laich said last year that Ovechkin is just “big boned”…


Anyway, McPhee also said he wants Dale Hunter to keep coaching next season and – since he believes injuries to Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom are to blame for most of the team’s struggles – isn’t planning any big changes if the Caps miss the playoffs.

We wonder if owner Ted Leonsis feels the same way.

  1. govtminion - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    What Ovechkin weighs is his own business, I suppose- that’s pretty hefty, but I don’t have much room to talk, since I’m right around there myself (of course, I’m also taller than he is, but whatever).

    But if McPhee, and others in the Caps organization, keep saying they’re happy with Hunter and content with the makeup of the team as it is right now… well, they’re either delusional or they aren’t watching hockey games.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      He is paid to be in shape and be 100%
      “His own business” seriously?

      It’s his own business when he isn’t under contract (a huge contract at that)
      And Hunter is a disgrace and it shows how clueless the Caps franchise truly is

  2. michiganhockey11 - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    From all reports and previous indications, Ovie tends to “sloph” around in the off-season, or at least has before. Guys can do what they want, but I always assumed that come time for training camp, guys should be pretty close to season conditioning and weight. I thought most of the teams in the league try to keep guys between certain weights during the year.

    One could question his discipline or dedication during the golf season, but I guess that’s up for the Capitals organization to determine if he needs an off-season nutritionist to babysit him.

    Shoot, at 6’4″ I played at 245-250# in high school. Must have really hurt the guys I put into the boards back in the day…

  3. hockeyfan1701 - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Glad they fired Bruce, you know since he was the all the problems……

  4. lameasish - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    He did crush a bunch of guys…by jumping from the ice to hit them.

  5. sportsfreak13 - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Wonder if cameras ever caught Bruce brodreau calling ovechkin a fat ass on the bench.

  6. guinsrule - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Somewhere John Steigerwald is reminding someone that steroids can cause weight gain.

  7. danphipps01 - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I want a line of Ovechkin and Byfuglien, centered by Wellwood. Just for one game, so we can say it happened. The hungriest line ever to grace the ice…

    • govtminion - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      “It doesn’t say it anywhere in the rule book, I’ve looked twice. Let’s just call it a double-minor for delay of game, and tell him to stop eating the pucks.”

      • danphipps01 - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. I cannot upvote this enough.

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Man, that’s not good. Someone needs to get in Ovi’s ear. That has to be frustrating to hear if you are a Caps fan. He is too talented to start letting go at this age.

  9. bensawesomeness - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Maybe they should take that ‘C’ off his chest and see how hard he works to get it back, Bet he’d lose a few pounds then

  10. lsxphotog - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Wait…so Ovetchkin hasn’t been training? Wow. Players like St. Louis, Crosby, Toews, and Jagr do nothing but train because they want to be in peak condition at all times. This certainly corresponds with the suggestion that he’s more about the rockstar image of being a star player, and not the game itself.

  11. drewsylvania - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    I want to know who else is lazy other than some Russian players, so I can see whether the stereotype of the lazy Russian is truly accurate. All I can think of are guys like Kovalev & Yashin. Malkin’s obviously an exception to that rule, while Michael Ryder (before Dallas, apparently) was always an example of a guy who took shifts off and lived solely off his talent.

    • taytay099 - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Kyle Wellwood.

    • danphipps01 - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Jeff Carter, Dustin Penner and what appears to be fully half of the Capitals roster.

  12. grimlock410 - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    God Lord you all are dim. Dwight Freeney lists at 6-1 268, 2 inches shorter and 26 lbs heavier than OV was. Anyone wanna call him fat?

    • drewsylvania - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      Uh, we’re talking about hockey bodies, here. You seriously think Freeney could play hockey at 6-1 268? Even Zdeno Chara maxed out at around 250–and he’s six inches taller than Ovechkin.

  13. rsl22 - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    I think some of the comments here are pretty funny, but it’s not like he was fat by any stretch. Dude was huge, but it looked like muscle.

    As McPhee said, he just liked crushing people….at the time, he was going to a lot of Redskins games and hanging out with Chris Cooley. I think he just thought he was a linebacker or tight-end or something.

    Backstrom on the other hand….I think that pudgy Swede might need a bit more time on the bike and a bit less time eating meatballs.

  14. steelpenguin71 - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Makes the fact that he jumps in the air for his cheap shots all the more amazing and a testament to his athletic ability.

  15. babar61 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    At least BB won’t be sharing his morning ice cream with Ovechkin anymore.

  16. pastabelly - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Ovechkin ate Boudreau out of town.

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