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[Speculation] Oveckin, Radulov, and Grigorenko accused of faking their age

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One NHL insider dropped a bomb this morning on 91.9 Sports regarding three NHL star players. Martin Leclerc, a valuable insider working for Radio-Canada, was invited to speak about Radulov’s contract extension on 91.9 Sports radio this morning.

 

During the interview, Leclerc dropped what could be a real bomb in the sports world. According to what he heard around the league and multiple sources, three Star Russian NHL players reportedly lied on their age.

There are persistent rumors and very well-informed people around the NHL that states Ovechkin is not the age he pretends to be” said Leclerc.

With the Russian, you never know their age. It’s the same problems the MLB faced with Dominican players” continued Leclerc.

The three Russian players cited by Martin Leclerc are: Alex Ovechkin, Alex Radulov and Mikhail Grigorenko.

According to Leclerc, junior players confirmed that Grigorenko was 21 or 22 years old when he was playing junior which means he was too old for the league as the limit is 20 years old. 

What’s the matter? Well, being older gives you an advantage on the other players which may result of being drafted earlier.

https://www.hockeyfeed.com/nhl-news/rumor-three-nhl-star-russian-players-reportedly-lied-on-their-age/?ref=seb

 

Here's the link to the interview but it's in french. 

https://radioego.com/ext/media/y-a-des-fortes-rumeurs-y-a-des-gens-tres-informes-point-point-point-ovechkin-a-pas-lage-quil-pretend-avoir-martin-leclerc

At Le sport in the morning , Martin Leclerc , Enrico Ciccone and Michel Langevin discuss the foolish demands of Alex Radulov regarding the number of years to his future contract . Martin Leclerc comes back to the fact that the age of the Russian players remains a doubt in the National League and it gives known examples and doubts about certain players established as to their true age . Heard at 91.9 Sports FM, Sports in the morning. RNC MEDIA. 17 March 2017

 

Would explain why Radulov looks like a 45 year old :P

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It would bring clarity as to why ovechkin has hinted at retiring at the end of his contract... but even IF this was true, it wouldn't hurt Ovies legacy.

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I wouldn't be surprised.  I watch a football documentary and some parents would intentionally fail their kids in elementary and then in high school so they would be two years more developed in college.  Sports are serious biznass.   I am guilty of this now, I like to tell people that I'm 27 not 37. 

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I remember it was speculated that Grigorenko was older, it's why he fell at the draft. Seems there may have been merit to it.

 

As for the other two, they're well along in their respective careers so it shouldn't matter. 

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That would explain Alex's grey hairs... but then again, I have some 25 year old friends with some grey

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34 minutes ago, CanuckinEdm said:

OMG Jagr must be 60 then

 

Jagr's not Russian.

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If it's true that Ovechkin is actually older than he says he is, Bettman must be ticked. Didn't the Coyotes try to take him in the later rounds of the draft the year before 2004, trying to pull a Bure? He could have kept that ever sinking ship above water for a few more years and Gary might have actually had some time off in the last decade.

 

Edit: My mistake, it was actually Florida.

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1 minute ago, NotJaredMcCann said:

If it's true that Ovechkin is actually older than he says he is, Bettman must be ticked. Didn't the Coyotes try to take him in the later rounds of the draft the year before 2004, trying to pull a Bure? He could have kept that ever sinking ship above water for a few more years and Gary might have actually had some time off in the last decade.

If that's true, I get why Ovi lied then

 

Ovi: "What? Phoenix is trying to draft me? **** no! Make up some false documents and say I'm 17 not 18!"

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Heard about Grigorenko, but didn't hear about Ovie and Radulov.

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So if Ovi was a year older that would have made the 2003 even more stalked. 

 

Imagine if Pittsburgh drafted Ovi. 

 

They would have had Ovi + Crosby + Malkin all in one team

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57 minutes ago, apollo said:

That would explain Alex's grey hairs... but then again, I have some 25 year old friends with some grey

I started going grey at age 16...

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This makes sense to me regarding Ovi. He's aged SO bad over the past few years. Plenty of grey hair at 31? Heavy point decline?

 

He looks 40. 

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5 minutes ago, ThrustyPrusty89 said:

I started going grey at age 16...

Sadly, Alf has no hair to go grey. :(  

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2 minutes ago, RRypien37 said:

This makes sense to me regarding Ovi. He's aged SO bad over the past few years. Plenty of grey hair at 31? Heavy point decline?

 

He looks 40. 

Yeah but there's no way it's that far off. 

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12 minutes ago, Alflives said:

Sadly, Alf has no hair to go grey. :(  

Female pattern baldness runs in my family too, so I've got that to look forward to! Somehow I still look younger than my actual age. 

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2 hours ago, Odd. said:

What’s the matter? Well, being older gives you an advantage on the other players which may result of being drafted earlier.

I don't entirely understand the motivation here though.  Even if you get drafted earlier, the NHL has a max cap on entry level deals, so just getting drafted higher doesn't necessarily benefit you.

 

Or maybe I'm missing something?

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