Ovechkin to be first Russian torchbearer for Sochi Olympics

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Alex Ovechkin’s dream to carry the Olympic torch will come true.

The Washington Capitals announced Ovechkin will head to Europe to be the first Russian torchbearer for the 2014 Games in Sochi. The ceremony is set to take place on September 29 in Olympia, Greece. As you might expect, Ovechkin is very excited by the honor.

The date makes things interesting as that’s just two days before the Capitals open the season in Chicago against the Blackhawks. Team owner Ted Leonsis gives Ovechkin full leeway to go and represent his country at the ceremony.

“This is a huge honor and we are so proud, and excited for Alex and his family,” he said. “This is a very special event and we are thrilled that he was recognized for his past achievements and his dedication to his craft and his country.”

For those concerned, yes, he will be back in time for opening night.

As for Ovechkin, he could barely contain himself announcing the honor on Twitter.