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Alexander “Alex” Ovechkin

Born:September 17, 1985Draft:2004 Capitals, 1st overall
Hometown:Moskva, RussiaPosition:Left Wing
Known For:“The Great 8”Shoots:Right
National Team:RussiaCurrent Team:Washington Capitals

Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin (born 17 September 1985) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Often referred to as “Ovi” (alternately spelled “Ovie”) and “the Great Eight”, Ovechkin is widely regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time.

Ovechkin began his professional career with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague, playing there for four seasons from 2001 until 2005 and returning briefly during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. A highly touted prospect, Ovechkin was selected by the Capitals first overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. However, he would remain in Russia until 2005 due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout. In the 2005–06 NHL season, Ovechkin’s first with the Capitals, he scored 52 goals and 54 assists to lead all rookies in points, capturing the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year and finishing third overall in league scoring.

Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

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Achievements

  • Calder Memorial Trophy 2006
  • NHL All-Rookie Team 2006
  • NHL First All-Star Team 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2019
  • EA Sports NHL cover athlete 2007, 2021
  • NHL All-Star Game 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition “Breakaway Challenge” winner 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Art Ross Trophy 2008
  • Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Hart Memorial Trophy 2008, 2009, 2013
  • Lester B. Pearson Award/Ted Lindsay Award 2008, 2009, 2010
  • NHL 2K cover athlete 2010
  • NHL Second All-Star Team 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition “Hardest Shot” winner 2018
  • Stanley Cup champion 2018
  • Conn Smythe Trophy 2018
  • Russian Superleague champion 2005
  • Gagarin Cup champion 2013
  • World Junior Championships Gold medal 2003
  • World Junior Championships All-Star Team 2005
  • Winter Olympics All-Star Team 2006
  • World Championships All-Star Team 2006, 2008
  • Kharlamov Trophy 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2018
  • World Championships gold medal 2008, 2012, 2014
  • Order of Honour (Орден Почёта)
  • Asteroid 257261 Ovechkin was named in his honor by Leonid Elenin.
  • Ride of Fame honored Alex Ovechkin with a double-decker sightseeing bus in Washington, D.C.
  • 2018 ESPY Award for the Best Male Athlete – first NHL player to win the award
  • 2018 ESPY Award for the Best NHL Player
  • 2019 ESPY Award for the Best NHL Player
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