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• Appearing at Washington Capitals training camp: Alex Ovechkin's(notes)ladyfriend Valeria Sokolova, and the Alex Ovetjkin blog had a somewhat creepy spy report: "Her features aren't as defined as they are in her photos, the lips are the most noticeable feature and in person she has a completely different shaped nose then I thought she had. Her face is softer, with a bit of gentleness, and she looks much, much younger in person. In photos I thought she looked 22-25, but face-to-face she looks 16-20. She is also extremely thin, thinner than in the photos." [Alex Ovetjkin]
• Brad Richards(notes) of the Dallas Stars, who makes a pretty penny in the NHL, has donated $500,000 to the pediatric unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, PEI. "Richard's (sic) gift was made in honour of his cousin and best friend, Jamie Reynolds, who passed away in 1989 with a brain tumour when he was seven years old and Richards was almost nine." Well-done, sir. [The Guardian]
• Adam Proteau asks four questions about the new NHL season, including: "Who Will Be The First Coach Fired (And Replaced By Ken Hitchcock?)" [Hockey News]
• Remember Lowell MacDonald, Jr.? He's the Fox Sports Network Pittsburgh producer who, oopsie, lost a critical replay during a Penguins game against the Philadelphia Flyers and was suspended from his job. He'll be back this season ... but is he going to work Pens/Flyers telecasts? (Story doesn't say.) [Post Gazette]
• Evgeni Malkin(notes) to Eric Duhatschek on shifting to the wing: "That's OK because I played before. It's not a big change, but maybe I score a bit more because I play up more in the offensive zone and have more scoring chances. But we'll see." [Globe & Mail]