A statement was released by the Washington Capitals on Tuesday with an apology from Alexander Ovechkin for Sunday's check on Brian Campbell, which resulted in a two-game suspension. Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau and a number of NHL players also shared their opinions on the hit and suspension.
Ovechkin's apology can be seen below:
I am very sorry that Brian was injured and I hope he is able to return to his team soon. NHL hockey is a physical game. We all play hard every time we are on the ice and have battles each shift in every game we play so we can do our jobs and win. As players we must accept responsibility for our actions and I am no different but I did not intend to injure Brian and that is why I was disappointed with the NHL's decision yesterday. Every time I have the honor to play for my team, I will continue to do what I have done since I was taught to play. I will play hard, play with passion and play with respect for my teammates, opponents and fans. I look forward to returning to my team and doing everything I can to be the best player I can be.
Everyone has their own opinion about the incident, but I think we can all agree that Ovechkin did the right thing by expressing his sympathy and apologizing for his actions.