Alexander Ovechkin Rides Tank, Shoots Machine Gun with Russian National Team

May 16th, 2014 by Dan Carson Leave a reply »

Tanks, guns and loud noises! 

That was the name of the game for Alexander Ovechkin earlier this week. The Washington Capitals winger is currently overseas for the IIHF World Championship, and recently spent some quality time with the Russian national team riding machines of war around Belarus. 

Puck Daddy of Yahoo! Sports (h/t Nate Scott of For the Win) spotted footage of the Full Metal Jacket field day, which reportedly took place at a WWII museum near Minsk. 

It amounted to a pretty casual day. Nothing much to see here, just a team of elite international athletes piled refugee-style onto a fast-moving deliverer of death.

Museum officials offered Ovechkin the honor of firing their trusty Russian Maxim machine gun—a weapon that fell out of military use in 1950s. 

As you can see, the Capitals captain took a strong liking to the gun, pulling the trigger on a short burst and backing away to massage his perforated ear drums. I’ve seen this reaction before.

Besides suffering temporary deafness, Ove ...

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