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Alex Ovechkin is engaged

Dec 31, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

Ovi-Kirilenko

Alex Ovechkin‘s getting hitched.

That’s the word on the street, anyway, as Ovechkin’s agent — David Abrutyn of IMG — tweeted news that his client is set to wed longtime girlfriend and tennis star Maria Kirilenko.

Update: Ovi confirmed.

The two have been dating since last year but took things to the next level this past summer, when Ovechkin enthusiastically followed around and cheered on Kirilenko throughout her bronze medal run at the 2012 London Olympics.

CSN Washington profiled the couple’s relationship in September and speculated on the potential for marriage:

It was during the Olympics that Ovechkin tweeted out photos of him and Kirilenko, including one that showed a large ring on the ring finger of her left hand.

So, is the sound of wedding bells in the air for two of Russia’s most eligible athletes?

Oh, no, Ovechkin said. Just a present from me, that’s all. No engagement. No wedding bells.

At least not yet.

We have a good relationship, he said. Its always nice to have that kind of person around you. Its good.

So, burning question: Did the lockout actually move the engagement along?

With Ovi in Russia playing for Dynamo Moscow, the pair have been closer than ever — Kirilenko recently showed up at a Dynamo game sporting a custom jersey and Ovi recently conducted an interview wearing Kirilenko’s London Olympics towel.

Dawwwwwww.

(Image courtesy Ovechkin’s Twitter account)

  1. gvbulldogs - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Is his mother agreeing with his engagement, what’s the guys name, sorry just alittle humor, Happy New Year!

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Can you blame a guy for having a great relationship with his mother? Congrats, Alex and Maria!

  2. lopo - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I wonder if this means he’s finally moving out of his parents house?

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Parents live in his house, bro.

  3. dawglb - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    The ugliest dude marries the most beautiful woman…… I wonder if money has anything to do with it?

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Is he uglier than Shrek Malkin?

      • danphipps01 - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        Pretty much 1a/1b there. I mean, his face looked like it had taken about a hundred too many pucks BEFORE he started playing hockey.

      • crosberries - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Not sure why guys on here are checking out hockey players

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        cros, some of us are comfortable enough with our masculinity to enjoy beauty in all its forms. Personally I always found Hall of Famer Cammi Granato pretty cute, but Ray was too quick for me. Alas.

      • 11cups - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Are you queer?

    • wills19 - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      She is a professional tennis player, I don’t think she has to worry about money

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:00 PM

        With her career earnings in excess of US$5 million, I don’t think she’s too worried.

  4. rockthered1286 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I got $20 on a prenup.

  5. cspsrbums - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Prenup she does pretty well herself

  6. ibieiniid - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    id hit it

  7. dawglb - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    She is not exactly Martina (N. or H……either of them). She is not exactly raking in the money. In tennis, like golf, you actually have to perform for your money, each week. Kind of like a week-to-week contract.

  8. gvbulldogs - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I’m confused you would hit which one?

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