Nastya Ovechkin questions NHL’s ban of players hanging out in hotel rooms

Nastya Ovechkin concerns NHL restriction of gamers hanging out in hotel spaces initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Nastya Ovechkin, the partner of Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, published an Instagram story Thursday voicing her aggravations with NHL policies that penalized her partner for mingling with his colleagues in a hotel space.

The NHL fined the Capitals $100,000 on Wednesday for breaking COVID-19 procedures by having “social interactions among team members who were in close contact and who were not wearing face coverings.” Ovechkin, goalie Ilya Samsonov, forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov — the 4 Russian gamers on the group — were all consequently put on the COVID-19 protocol-related lacks list after the fine was revealed.

Washington launched a declaration that stated, “We are disappointed by our players’ choice to interact in their hotel room and outside of team approved areas.” Ovechkin likewise put out a declaration through the group, stating, “I regret my choice to spend time together with my teammates in our hotel room and away from the locker room areas. I will learn from this experience.”

The Capitals remained in Pittsburgh today for a set of video games versus the Penguins. NHL procedures for the 2021 season state that gamers aren’t enabled to gather together in each other’s hotel spaces while on the roadway.

In her Instagram story, Nastya appeared to recommend that the Russian gamers weren’t the only ones in the space, other gamers have actually been guilty of the very same offense and the guidelines that prohibit gamers from hanging out together however permit them to share a bench and locker space aren’t “logical.” She likewise included that both Ovechkin and Orlov have coronavirus antibodies.

Washington is the first string up until now this season to be fined by the NHL for breaking COVID-19 procedures. Its next video game is set up for Friday versus the Buffalo Sabres and the accessibility of all 4 Russian gamers stays in concern.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.