Washington Capitals: Alexander Semin Makes First Public Appearance

Jake WareCorrespondent IIISeptember 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29:  Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Verizon Center on March 29, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Alexander Semin has finally spoken. The Capitals winger, criticized for so long for his shyness, has made his first public appearance in English.

In an interview with Capitals beat writer Mike Vogel, Semin spoke about the Capitals' new additions, his love for the city, the Stanley Cup aspirations and, most importantly, Matt Bradley's comments. 

“I like playing here," he said, according to NHL.com. "Washington is my second home. I have good friends, a good team. I hope we win the Stanley Cup this year.”

Semin, who put up 28 goals and 54 points this past season, has been criticized heavily in the media this summer for "not caring." The Russian winger, who was asked about it by Vogel, simply shrugged it off as "opinions." It is clear he is eager to prove himself on the ice rather than in an interview. Majority owner Ted Leonsis recently gave Semin a significant vote of confidence, and Semin will be desperate to prove his boss's faith. 

Fans have long complained about Semin's apparent lack of willingness to immerse himself in the American culture. Evidently, there was no basis for such complaints. 

Capitals fans can only hope it is the first of many appearances from Semin.

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