Alex Ovechkin watched the final minute of regulation time from the bench during Tuesday’s eventual 5-4 Washington Capitals overtime victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
The fact that Ovie wasn’t on the ice for the final shift when Washington was down a goal would have been enough to merit the attention of the national media. But it was the reaction of The Great Eight that grabbed the headlines.
Ovechkin was caught on camera cursing and looking a little more than frustrated by coach Bruce Boudreau’s decision to leave him on the bench for the game’s pivotal moment.
Ovie’s reaction earned him a reputation as a player with an ego, something that isn’t usually associated with the NHL. Whereas NFL or NBA players can sometimes be called divas by the media, NHL players tend to put the team first.
Despite that general consensus among NHLers, there are a few players who need to check their egos when it comes to playing the game.
The names on the following list are there for a reason, albeit a different reason from the one that landed Ovechkin here. These players need to subjugate their egos not because they believe themselves to be better than the team, but because they should do so out of necessity.