I am really surprised at the lack of attention this incident received.
Especially considered the amount of attention some other non-controversies received at the Olympics. But it appears to have been buried under Canadian victory jubilation.
This video was shot after Russia lost 7-3 to Canada in the Quarterfinals (and I'm sure Canadians remember that Ovechkin played not-so-good).
Okay so sure, maybe Mr. Ovechkin was a little upset after the loss. But he seems to have walked out of his way to push this fan. She wasn't following him, she wasn't yelling at him, she was just taping him. And apparently she wasn't wearing a team Canada jersey, because this fan was a Russian..... a female Russian who came all the way to Canada to see the Olympics.
For someone who is supposed to be one of the faces of the NHL, this behaviour is really unacceptable.
"That’s why even though I didn’t really like seeing Ovechkin forcefully push away that fan’s phone, I find it harder and harder to get upset about it. In this era of people refusing to respect others’ privacy, we’re going to see more and more of this." said Elliot Friedman in his blog.
Unfortunately I think Friedman's comments miss the mark. I'm not sure the fan refused to respect Ovechkin's privacy. If he really didn't want to be taped, he could just ask. If he asked and then she refused to stop taping -- then, and only then, would she be 'not respecting his privacy'.
But instead the big-shot -- too busy talking on his cellphone to converse with a lowly fan -- decides to push her out of the way.
Would he have done the same if the score was inversed? What if he scored a hattrick in a 7-3 quarterfinal win over Canada? I'm figuring that he probably would've been soaking up the love.
I'm sure The Golden X Inn on St. Francis Xavier campus in Antigonish is just wild on this Tuesday night.
Second round of AUS hockey playoffs and the X-men have just picked off the UNB Varsity Reds in three straight games. This is HUGE. UNB is the defending national champions and were ranked first nationally for most of the season until St. FX managed a late season upset to spoil their perfect season — and leaving them ranked second nationally.
Seems like the X-men had their number.
I've seen some tweets already thanking X for picking off the powerhouse. But it appears the powerhouse might still be in the running.
They await the winner of the SMU-Acadia series (SMU leads 2-1 with game three set to go Wednesday at the Halifax Forum). I'm hoping for a SMU win, not because they're the Halifax team — (unfortunately my alma mater Dalhousie didn't ice a decent team this year and missed playoffs) — But because a SMU-STFX series promises to be a fantastic AUS final.
After 17 days of fantastic competition, the most anticipated event of the Vancouver Olympics ended in a overtime goal by Cole Harbour's own, Sidney Crosby.
And the men's hockey gold medal, lifted Canada to the sole owner of the Winter Olympic record for most golds. 14.
It prompted a spontaneous celebration coast-to-coast. Spring Garden Road, the busiest street in downtown Halifax was closed down after people ran into the streets in celebration.
The cops were there, but they were handing out high-fives and enjoying the atmosphere. Nobody got out of hand, everyone loved everyone. What a night.
The ratings were released Monday afternoon and there was an average audience of 16.6 million viewers, while 26.5 million tuned into at least some of the game -- Yes, that is 80 per cent of the country.