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Caps owner: Ovechkin doesn’t live in a gated community

Mar 26, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

Ovechkin House

A couple of weeks ago, the Washington Post published a lengthy story called “Alex Ovechkin: What’s wrong with the Washington Capitals superstar?”

The story, among other things, contained a paragraph that suggested Ovechkin had insulated himself from an increasingly critical public:

Ovechkin is behind a fence now. He’d lived in the same Arlington home since his rookie season, right off the street, visible to any fan who drove by. In January, he purchased a $4.2 million, 11,000-square foot home in McLean. It’s situated in a gated community, a barrier between himself — the guy who was the life of the party — and the rest of the world. Those who know him well say mounting criticism, mostly from hockey observers outside Washington, has affected him.

Today, however, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis admonished the Post’s reporting. Writing on his personal blog, Leonsis said he went to see Ovechkin’s house and it was nothing like the newspaper described.

Alex’s new home is in a normal neighborhood; you can drive by it – and park right in front of his home – like we did. There are no walls; no gates and no guards. It isn’t a gated community. He doesn’t even have a fence – there is a child’s out door playground located right next door that you see as you drive up to the home, in a neighbor’s home. Each neighboring home is quite close to Alex’s home. In fact – I hope he does get a fence and I told Alex last night – as Mark Twain once said – “Good fences make good neighbors”. That is great Americana.

Actually it was Robert Frost, not Twain. And Frost was describing the stubbornness of a neighbor who insisted on mending a fence between two properties even though a fence wasn’t necessary.

/smokes pipe
//makes it seem like I didn’t have to Google it

Anyway, I looked it up on Google Maps and it doesn’t look like it’s behind any gates.

(Note: Even though it’s all over the internet, we decided to kill the address, along with the map. He lives in Virginia though. In the United States.)

  1. govtminion - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    …well, after having his home address put up here, I bet he gets a fence NOW!

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      No $hit!

      Anyone with a brain can find out where someone lives for the most part, it’s public info but the dummies don’t understand this. Well, I am sure Ovi is just loving this article!

      this seems like a very dumb thing for an owner to address. (pun intended)

    • Jason Brough - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Want his phone number?

      • govtminion - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM

        Nah, but if you have Michael Neuvirth’s line handy, he and I need to talk about the damage he did to my fantasy team. 😉

  2. comradeast - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Who gives a rat’s ass if he lives in a gated community?

  3. gotampabay52 - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Someone now knows exactly where his house is wont be egged or anything now stupid to show his house and picture

  4. contraryguy - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Looking up the address on Zillow, seems like Ovi overpaid a bit. But he can afford it. Can WaPo afford to publish stories that don’t feature ‘reporting’?

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Good call on the Robert Frost correction

  6. detroitcityryda - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    After I read this I drive by and sat in my car all day till he closed the blinds .

  7. fnc111 - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    This is a really strange article.

  8. t16rich - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Cmon PHT. You guys have gotten so much better at posting hockey stories. Lets cut BS like this article out.

  9. majbobby - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Who really cares if it is gated or not. Heck I live in a gated community and I am only a Major in the Army.

  10. rsl22 - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    OV’s old house was across the street from my buddy’s house. Definitely not gated. He (and his mom) used give out candy on halloween to the thousands of kids that flocked to his house. His first year he didn’t know what the deal was with giving candy so he end up giving out xbox games to the kids. I think recently his mom said the kids were too fat so she started giving out fruit.

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