ovis-canadensis

i once read an article about ovi that referred to him as ‘an unabashed mama’s boy’ and honestly considering the narrative that the nhl media has always had around ovi, it was probably far from meaning to be complementary, but i think it pretty much sums up one of the things i love best about him. because ovi really, really loves his mom. he had a post for her on international woman’s day this year, and listed her as his childhood hero in one of the caps feature bits. and the number he wears? his mom’s old basketball number. bragged to lebron james about the first time he met him, for like one full minute? his mom. first agent? tatiana ovechkina.

and i mean…. he’s got reason to, because she is a certified badass -  captained a two time olympic gold medal team,  was probably the best soviet player of her generation, won a bunch of championships as coach and player, and went through the loss of a child and a childhood injury - a car accident that she got up and walked him from -  that left her in such bad condition doctors wanted to amputate her leg. and she just… had the determination she build up her strength again on her own initiative, piling bricks to her legs and doing lifts and just …. basically decided she was going to be iconic and badass right then and there and honestly ovi, she’s my hero too.