Updated: Friday, 21 February 2014 06:15 | By Agence France-Presse

Russian star Ovechkin's father suffers heart attack

The father of Russian star Alex Ovechkin suffered a heart attack in Sochi while his son took part in the Olympic Games men's hockey tournament, the Washington Capitals said.


Russian star Ovechkin's father suffers heart attack

Russia's Alexander Ovechkin reacts at the end of the Men's Ice Hockey Play-offs Quarterfinals match between Finland and Russia at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 19, 2014 - by Jonathan Nackstrand

Ovechkin, who is the face of Russian hockey, did not join the other National Hockey League stars on a charter flight back to North America so he could remain in Sochi with his father, Mikhail.

"His father had a heart attack while he was in Sochi," said Sergey Kocharov, director of communications with Ovechkin's NHL team.

"Ovechkin's father suffered the heart attack shortly after Russia's game against Slovakia."

"But he (Ovechkin) was not informed until after the elimination game against Finland (on Wednesday). He is with his father right now. He will remain with him. We're taking it day by day."

Ovechkin's Russian national team was eliminated in the quarter-finals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics after losing to Finland.

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