Does the space station have a rink?

Posted by Anonymous
on Saturday, October 28, 2006

Usually professional athletes are targets of autograph seekers. This time, the adoring fan is the athlete.

Prior to his trip to theInternational Space Station (ISS) for 6 months, Expedition 14 Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin autographed his crew photo for another famous Russian: National Hockey League star Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

A thrilled Ovechkin received the framed photo of the orbiting Tyurin following practice with his Washington Capitals teammates. When Tyurin returns to Earth, he can talk hockey with Ovechkin ― before the cosmonaut took up engineering as a career, he had wanted to grow up to be a hockey player.

Before he heads to space in June 2007, maybe NASA Astronaut Clayton Anderson can send his picture to rightwing Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators?

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