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Alexander Ovechkin benched for alarm clock snafu – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 19th, 2015 by Ian

Alexander Ovechkin benched for alarm clock snafu
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Washington Capitals’ captain and top scorer Alexander Ovechkin was recently benched for a game for failing to show up for his team’s pregame skate on October 13th. Ovechkin was absent when the team took to the ice at Arlington, Virginia’s Kettler Iceplex and head coach Barry Trotz told the press he wasn’t there because of personal reasons. However, the star Russian winger, who led the team with 53 goals and 28 assists for 81 points last season, missed the skate because he slept in. Ovechkin confirmed the next day that he set his alarm clock for p.m. instead of a.m. and that’s why he was a no-show.

Trotz sat him out for the Capitals home game with the San Jose Sharks and it may have been the wrong decision according to the team’s fans as the club was shutout by an embarrassing 5-0 score for their one and only loss of the season. Trotz stated to the press that the team has accountability rules though and Ovechkin failed to live up to them. Pro athletes are human and like everybody else they make mistakes. Benching Ovechkin could come back to haunt Trotz if the club misses the playoffs by a point or two at the end of the season. Perhaps a monetary punishment such as a fine would have made more sense.

A reporter from the Washington Post asked Ovechkin when he woke up and the player joked that perhaps the question should be “when did he go to bed?” Ovechkin isn’t the first player to miss practice due to sleeping in or getting stuck in rush hour etc. and he won’t be the last. But benching him for the action ultimately hurts the fans and the franchise in the long run, especially since the all-star is a future hall of famer and the squad’s best player. There’s no need for the club to overreact and do something drastic such as strip the captaincy from him. Ovechkin said he understood why Trotz sat him out for the game but still didn’t like it.

The 30-year-old Ovechkin is recognized as one of the world’s best players and goal scorers. The former number-one overall draft pick of 2004 has scored 478 goals and added 421 assists for 899 points in 763 career regular-season games, all with the Capitals. He’s also chipped in with 70 points in 72 playoff outings on 36 goals and 34 assists. He has three goals and an assist in his first four games this season. Ovechkin has reached the 50-goal plateau six timed in his NHL career with his best total being 65 in 2007/08 when he added 47 assists for 112 points. Ovechkin has led the league in goals on five occasions and is also a former Calder, Art-Ross, Hart, and Ted Lindsay Trophy winner.

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