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NHL's Alex Ovechkin Vladimir Putin's a 'Nice Guy'

2/14/2015 10:24 AM PST

Alex Ovechkin -- Vladimir Putin's a 'Nice Guy'

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Hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin says when it comes to Vladimir Putin, a lot of people have the wrong idea -- because the President of Russia is really a "nice guy."

The Russian-born Washington Capitals superstar was hanging out in L.A. yesterday when we asked if Putin's as intimidating in person as he appears on TV.

Alex told us he didn't want to get into politics, but it's clear he's a fan of Putin -- and even picked him to beat Obama in a hypothetical steel cage match.

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