Alex Ovechkin Appears in “Red Army” Documentary

Posted January 21, 2015

The documentary “Red Army,” about the rise of the Soviet team through the eyes of hockey legend Slava Fetisov, made its way to Washington on Wednesday for a special screening after appearing at many film festivals over the past year. Made up of new interviews and plenty of old Soviet footage, the film paints a great picture of the trials and tribulations of the players from that era, particularly Fetisov, Sergey Makarov, Alexei Kasatonov, Vladimir Krutov and Igor Larionov.

Caps fans in particular will want to see this film as Fetisov and the Russian Five paved the way for Alex Ovechkin and every other Russian player to join the NHL. One generation removed from being a virtual prisoner on the Red Army team himself, Ovechkin makes a pleasant appearance in this film, one that will leave Caps fans smiling.

We’re told Ovechkin hasn’t yet seen the movie, but may this weekend in Columbus. The director, Gabe Polsky, is particularly interested in what Ovechkin thinks of it. Not just what he thinks of it, but what he really thinks of it, as this film should have personal meaning to Ovechkin.

“Red Army” comes to D.C. on Jan 30 Feb. 6.

Gabe Polsky answers questions after the screening of his film, Red Army.

Gabe Polsky, bottom right, answers questions after the screening of his film, Red Army.