Alexander Ovechkin
Russian ice hockey player
Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Mikhaylovich Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to playing in the NHL, Ovechkin played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague for four seasons from 2001 until 2005, and he played for Dynamo again (this time in the Kontinental Hockey League) during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
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Biggest Super Bowl LI bets in Nevada
ABC News - 23 days
More than $100 million will be wagered on Super Bowl LI this week at Nevada sportsbooks. ESPN Chalk will keep you up to date on the biggest and most notable bets in this running file. General nuggets • Bill Sattler, director of specialty games for Caesars Entertainment and a veteran of the Las Vegas sports betting industry, expects that 70-80 percent of the money wagered on the Super Bowl will be placed in the week leading up to the Sunday kick. • As of Sunday afternoon at MGM's sportsbooks, twice as much money had been bet on New England as had been bet on Atlanta. • Out of the first $2,000 bet on the coin flip at the Westgate SuperBook, $1,300 was on heads. "We always need tails," said Ed Salmons, assistant manager at the SuperBook. • The two cross-sports props that attracted early action at the Golden Nugget sportsbook: 1) Alex Ovechkin's points in the Washington Capitals' Sunday game against the . ...
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Ovechkin Scores 35 Seconds in to Record 1,000th Point
ABC News - about 1 month
Alex Ovechkin didn't wait long to hit another milestone in his illustrious career, becoming the 84th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points
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Sweden holds off Russia in World Cup of Hockey
Yahoo News - 5 months
Sweden fended off a late comeback bid from Alex Ovechkin's Team Russia to win 2-1 Sunday as each squad opened its account in the World Cup of Hockey at Toronto. Ovechkin thought he had the game-tying goal with 8.2 seconds to play in the third period, but game officials ruled it no goal because he batted the puck into the net with his hand. For Russia, it was a disappointing opening to the two-week, eight-team tournament featuring a wealth of top National Hockey League players.
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Ovechkin once again left to wonder what could have been
Yahoo News - 10 months
Still stinging after yet another disappointing early exit from the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs, Russian sniper Alex Ovechkin was forced to try and explain what went wrong for his top-seeded Washington Capitals. After years of playoff heartbreak, this season looked like it may hold a new ending for Ovechkin as the most dangerous goal scorer of his era helped his Capitals lock up home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a month to spare.
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Capitals take 3-0 lead in series with Flyers
Yahoo News - 10 months
"It's not over yet," said captain Alexander Ovechkin, whose three-point night pushed him ahead of Dale Hunter for the most playoff points (73) in Capitals franchise history. "We have to forget about it and move forward." It is the first time the Capitals ever held a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series, and they can thank their special teams. Washington, the league's best team, got five goals on the man advantage, bumping their series total up to 8-for-17 on the power play.
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Five storylines to watch during Stanley Cup playoffs
Yahoo News - 11 months
(Reuters) - Five storylines to track during the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin on Wednesday. OVERDUE CAPITALS The Washington Capitals have not advanced past the second round since Russian sniper Alex Ovechkin, a three-times league Most Valuable player who led the NHL in goals scored the last four seasons, joined the team in 2005. Washington have had some of really good teams in the past but the current squad are much deeper and have plenty of balance both in terms of the lineup and style of play.
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Ovechkin, McDavid among stars named to World Cup of Hockey
Yahoo News - 12 months
New York (AFP) - Alexander Ovechkin, on pace to lead the National Hockey League in goals for a fourth consecutive season, and star rookie Connor McDavid were among those named Wednesday to 2016 World Cup of Hockey rosters.
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Sunday's matchup: Capitals at Blackhawks
Chicago Times - 12 months
TV/radio: 11:30 a.m. Sunday; NBC-5, WGN-AM 720. Storylines: The Capitals are running away with the President's Trophy this season with perhaps the best all-around roster in the NHL. They dominated the Hawks in a 4-1 victory in Washington on Oct. 15. Trending: Alex Ovechkin has 11 goals in his last...
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NHL-Rejuvenated Ovechkin nets hat-trick to lead NHL
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Alex Ovechkin has validated his decision to rest during the All Star Break and returned on a tear that has taken the Washington Capitals forward to the top of the goal-scoring race. It is hard to argue with the results, however, as Ovechkin has returned to the ice with a vengeance, scoring in all but one of his post break games. The outburst was Ovechkin's first three-goal game since 2013.
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N.H.L. Roundup: Alex Ovechkin, Back From Suspension, Scores Winner as Capitals Beat Islanders
NYTimes - about 1 year
Ovechkin, who had been barred for one game for skipping the All-Star Game, helped Washington avoid a third straight loss with a 3-2 victory.
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Ovechkin to skip All Star Game due to injury
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(Reuters) - Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin said he will miss this weekend’s All Star Game because of a nagging lower-body injury. Ovechkin played in his team’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, but said he wouldn't be making the trip to Nashville. "This was a hard decision but we talk about it, coaching staff, trainers, and we tried to battle through it, but it's stayed the same," Ovechkin told reporters of his injury.
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Kuznetsov shines, Capitals beat Canucks 4-1
Fox News - about 1 year
The Washington Capitals honored Alex Ovechkin for his 500th goal before their game against the Vancouver Canucks.
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NCAA moves withdrawal deadline for NBA Draft to after combine - CBSSports.com
Google News - about 1 year
CBSSports.com NCAA moves withdrawal deadline for NBA Draft to after combine CBSSports.com Peters: The Caps secured one of the best first-half performances in NHL history behind Alex Ovechkin. But will it catapult them to their first Stanley Cup title? Power Rankings. NHL Headlines. Coyotes send All-Star captain Scott to minors · Potvin ... NCAA to Let Underclassmen Return to College After Trying Out for NBANew York Times Rule changes help underclassmen make NBA decisionUSA TODAY New NCAA Provision Makes Major Changes To Basketball EligibilityNESN.com Sporting News -Charlotte Observer -The Seattle Times -NCAA.com all 115 news articles »
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Alex Ovechkin's 500th goal and what we learned last week in the NHL
LATimes - about 1 year
What we learned from the past week of play in the NHL: • The Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin continues to produce in a tediously low-scoring era. He needed the fifth-fewest games to reach 500 goals, scoring his 500th and 501st Sunday in his 801st NHL game. Only Wayne Gretzky (575), Mario...
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Capitals' Alex Ovechkin scores goals 500 and 501
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Alex Ovechkin reached a career milestone at a rapid pace and in signature fashion. Ovechkin scored his 500th and 501st goals to become the 43rd NHL player to reach the mark and the Washington Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 7-1 on Sunday night. The landmark score was vintage Ovechkin. Posted...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alexander Ovechkin
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 30
    On April 9, 2016, Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season and became the third player in NHL history to have seven or more 50-goal seasons.
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    On January 10, 2016, Ovechkin scored his 500th and 501st goals in a 7–1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, becoming the 43rd player to reach the 500-goal plateau, and the fifth-fastest player to do so, as well as the first Russian.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    On November 19, 2015, Ovechkin scored his ninth goal of the season in a 3–2 loss to the Dallas Stars; that goal broke Fedorov's record.
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    During the 2015–16 season, in the second period of a game vs the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ovechkin scored his 8th goal of the season to tie Sergei Fedorov's tally for the most goals among Russian born players, with 483.
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    On September 11, 2015, Ovechkin announced via Instagram his engagement to Nastya Shubskaya whom he subsequently married.
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    At the 2015 NHL All Star game, Ovechkin lobbied Honda for a new car, and brought an element of fun silliness to the "draft" where he was chosen third to last; the last two players selected, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Filip Forsberg, each received a new car, but Ovechkin would not give up.
    More Details Hide Details When Honda representatives asked his agent why he wanted a car so badly, they were told that he planned to donate it to the American Special Hockey Association, and at the end of the event, he was handed the keys to a new Honda Accord. That Accord will be auctioned off, and the proceeds used to benefit the charity Ovechkin highlighted and brought attention to with his antics.
    He also joined the Russian team late in the 2015 IIHF World Championships, where Russia won the silver medal.
    More Details Hide Details The day after he received his first Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP, he was given the key to the city by Washington Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for being the first Washington MVP winner in a major sport since Joe Theismann of the Washington Redskins in 1983.
    On March 31, 2015, in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the year and became the sixth player in NHL history to have six 50-goal seasons, joining Guy Lafleur, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne and Mario Lemieux.
    More Details Hide Details On April 2, Ovechkin scored his 51st and 52nd goals of the season in a 5–4 shootout win versus the Montreal Canadiens, surpassing Bondra as the franchise leader in goals scored. It was also his 15th multi-goal game of the season, none of which were hat-tricks.
    He marked 500 career NHL goals in the 2015-16 season and has also led the league in scoring for the past four years.
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  • 2014
    Age 28
    On November 4, 2014, in a game against the Calgary Flames, Ovechkin recorded his 826th point, a franchise record, surpassing Peter Bondra, who previously held the record with 825 points.
    More Details Hide Details The Flames, however, won the game 4–3 in overtime.
    Ovechkin was formerly engaged to tennis player Maria Kirilenko. On July 21, 2014, Kirilenko announced that the wedding was called off and that two were no longer seeing each other.
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    Ovechkin participated in the 2014 IIHF World Championships.
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  • 2013
    Age 27
    Ovechkin also represented Russia in 2013 IIHF World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details He joined the national team after Capitals were eliminated from 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. Russia had already advanced to the first playoff round where they faced the U.S. The Americans defeated Russia 8–3, eliminating them from the tournament.
    At the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Ovechkin had the strange distinction of winning the Rocket Richard Trophy, scoring 51 goals, while going −35, one of the League's worst, in the plus-minus stat.
    More Details Hide Details The Capitals, however, missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006–07.
    On December 20, 2013, in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal.
    More Details Hide Details He became the sixth fastest player to ever reach that mark, getting it in 634 games, one less than Pavel Bure.
    Ovechkin only scored two points in a first round exit of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs against the New York Rangers, during which he played with a hairline fracture in his foot.
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  • 2012
    Age 26
    Ovechkin played in Russia's last three games of the 2012 IIHF World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded two goals and two assists as Russia won the tournament.
    The following day, Ovechkin announced he would not attend the 2012 NHL All-Star Game due to the suspension.
    More Details Hide Details Ovechkin's numbers dipped in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but in the 2013, lockout-shortened season, he led the NHL in goal-scoring with 32, earning him his third Rocket Richard Trophy. He combined his 32 goals with 24 assists, giving him 56 points, good for third most points in the League. He was also awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy for the third time in his career.
    On January 23, 2012, Ovechkin received a three-game suspension for a hit on Zbyněk Michálek of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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  • 2011
    Age 25
    Ovechkin also joined the Russian team for the 2011 IIHF World Championships after the Capitals were eliminated from the NHL playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details He played in five games for the Russian team, but did not manage to score any points, the first time he failed to score any points in a World Championship tournament.
    On December 12, 2011, Ovechkin registered his first NHL fighting major against Brandon Dubinsky of the New York Rangers.
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    On April 5, 2011, Ovechkin scored his 300th career goal, becoming the sixth-youngest and seventh-fastest player to do so.
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    On March 8, 2011, in a 5–0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, Ovechkin recorded his 600th career point.
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    In 2011, Ovechkin and the Capitals took part in the New Year's Day NHL Winter Classic, facing the Pittsburgh Penguins.
    More Details Hide Details Ovechkin did not score any points, but the Capitals won 3–1.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    After being eliminated in the first round of the NHL playoffs, Ovechkin joined Team Russia for the 2010 IIHF World Championships along with many other Russian stars, such as Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being heavily favoured to win the tournament, Russia lost to the Czech Republic in the finals. This loss ended a disappointing year for Ovechkin on the international stage.
    On March 14, 2010, at a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, Ovechkin sent 'Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell into the boards after Campbell had dumped the puck to the blue line.
    More Details Hide Details Ovechkin was called for boarding, receiving a five-minute major and a game misconduct, and was suspended for two games (for a third game misconduct of the season, a two-game suspension is automatic). Campbell suffered a fractured clavicle and fractured rib, and was expected to be out seven-to-eight weeks. Ovechkin won the 2009–10 Ted Lindsay Award, becoming only the second player in NHL history to win the award in three consecutive years. He also led the NHL in goals per game & points per game for three straight seasons, from 2008 to 2010) Ovechkin currently ranks third in Capitals history in goals (only Peter Bondra and Mike Gartner have tallied more goals) and is seventh in total points. In 2009–10 Ovechkin surpassed the mark of Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame goaltender Bill Durnan (first four seasons from 1943–44 through 1946–47) and became the first player in NHL history voted a First Team All-Star in each of his first five seasons.
    On February 5, 2010, at a game against the New York Rangers, Ovechkin, with his second goal and third point of the game, reached the 500-point milestone of his NHL career.
    More Details Hide Details He is the fifth player to achieve the milestone in only five seasons, reaching it in 373 career games.
    On January 5, 2010, Ovechkin was named captain of the Washington Capitals after previous captain Chris Clark was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first European, second-youngest and 14th overall captain in team history.
  • 2009
    Age 23
    Just over a month into the 2009–10 season, Ovechkin suffered an upper-body injury during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 1, 2009, after a collision with opposing forward Raffi Torres.
    More Details Hide Details After returning, Ovechkin was suspended by the NHL on December 1 for two games (one for the action, and one for a second game misconduct penalty during the season) for a knee-on-knee hit to Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason during a game the previous day. Both Gleason and Ovechkin had to be helped off the ice, although Gleason later returned during the game, while Ovechkin did not. Ovechkin was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct at the time. Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau commented that Ovechkin's style of play was at times "reckless." The suspension was Ovechkin's first of his career, causing him to forfeit $98,844.16 in salary.
    Ovechkin finished the 2009 playoffs with a post-season career-high 21 points in 14 games.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to win the Hart and Pearson Trophies for the second consecutive year, becoming the seventeenth player to win the Hart multiple times.
    Ovechkin and the Capitals repeated as division champions en route to meeting the New York Rangers in the opening round. After advancing to the second round in seven games, Ovechkin notched his first NHL playoff hat trick on May 4, 2009, in Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins to help Washington to a 4–3 win.
    More Details Hide Details The Capitals were eventually defeated by Pittsburgh, the eventual Stanley Cup champions, in seven games.
    On February 5, 2009, Ovechkin scored his 200th goal, against the Los Angeles Kings, becoming only the fourth player in the NHL to reach the milestone in four seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux.
    More Details Hide Details On March 19, he scored his 50th goal of the season, becoming the first Washington Capitals player to reach the 50-goal mark three times. He finished the campaign with 56 goals to capture his second consecutive Rocket Richard Trophy, joining Jarome Iginla and Pavel Bure as the third player to win the award twice and the second player after Bure (2000 and 2001) to win the award in back-to-back seasons. With 110 points, he finished as runner-up to countryman Evgeni Malkin for the Art Ross.
    On January 24, 2009, Ovechkin won the Breakaway Competition at the SuperSkills Competition for the second consecutive year in Montreal after emerging in the final few seconds wearing a hat bestowed with a Canadian flag and white sunglasses.
    More Details Hide Details On January 25, 2009, Ovechkin scored one goal and notched two assists, as well as scoring the game-ending shootout goal in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, as the Eastern Conference won 12–11. Late in the 2008–09 season, Ovechkin garnered some criticism over his exuberant after-goal celebrations. In the February 28, 2009, segment of Hockey Night in Canadas Coach's Corner, Canadian hockey analyst Don Cherry likened Ovechkin's celebrations of jumping into the boards and his teammates to that of soccer players, concluding that this was not the Canadian way and advising Canadian kids to ignore Ovechkin's example. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau came to Ovechkin's defense, stating Cherry "doesn't know Alex like we know Alex", and Ovechkin himself stated that he "doesn't care" about Cherry. The next notable incident happened on March 19, 2009, in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After scoring his 50th goal of the season, Ovechkin put his stick on the ice, pretending to warm his hands over it because it was "hot." The incident sparked an immediate response from Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet, who said that "Ovechkin went down a notch in my books." Boudreau had also stated that he would discuss the incident with Ovechkin, and teammate Mike Green, despite being the first to celebrate with Ovechkin afterwards, commented that he did not wish to join in the pre-meditated celebration. Ovechkin himself was unapologetic, and said about Don Cherry in particular, "He's going to be pissed off for sure I love it!
    On January 24, 2009, at the SuperSkills Competition, Malkin assisted Ovechkin in his stunt during the Breakaway Challenge.
    More Details Hide Details Malkin handed Ovechkin his props for the stunt as well as handing him his stick and pouring some sports drink down Ovechkin's throat. Though there is no final word on the nature and status of the feud, considering their past interactions, this incident appears to show that the feud has effectively ended. It has been reported that Ilya Kovalchuk, who was then the Atlanta Thrashers' captain and is also teammate of Ovechkin and Malkin on the Russian national team, brokered the peace between the two.
  • 2008
    Age 22
    The two would also not make eye contact at the 2008 NHL Awards Ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details Despite these incidents, Ovechkin has repeatedly denied "having it out" for Malkin. Though the feud raised many concerns as to its effect on the league, and the Russian national team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, it apparently dissipated as mysteriously as it started.
    At the 2008 IIHF World Championships, Ovechkin helped lead Russia to the gold medal by finishing with 12 points (six goals, six assists) in nine games.
    More Details Hide Details He was selected to the Media All-Star Team for the second time in five tournament appearances. In the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ovechkin and Team Russia were one of the favourites to win the Gold Medal. Despite high expectations, Russia lost to Canada 7–3 in the quarterfinals. Ovechkin finished with two goals and two assists in Russia's four games.
    In late October of the 2008–09 season, Ovechkin returned home to Moscow to visit his ailing grandfather, missing only the second game of his career up to that point, snapping a consecutive streak of 203 games played.
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    He also went on to break Luc Robitaille's record for most goals by a left winger in one season on April 3, 2008, by scoring two goals for his 64th and 65th of the season.
    More Details Hide Details He also became the first NHL player to score at least 40 even-strength goals in one season since Pavel Bure in 1999–2000. Leading the league in scoring with 65 goals and 112 points, Ovechkin captured both the Art Ross Trophy and the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 2007–08. It was the first time in 41 seasons that a left-winger led the NHL in points since Bobby Hull led the league with 97 points in 1965–66. Ovechkin helped lead a rejuvenated Capitals team back to the Stanley Cup playoffs with a stronger supporting cast that included countryman Alexander Semin, rookie center Nicklas Bäckström and defenseman Mike Green. He scored the game-winning goal in his NHL playoff debut with less than five minutes left in Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored nine points in seven games against the Flyers as the Capitals were eliminated in the opening round. In the off-season, Ovechkin was awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award as the top player voted by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP, becoming the first player in the history of the NHL to win all four major awards, including the Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophies. Ovechkin was also awarded his third consecutive Kharlamov Trophy, named after Soviet hockey star Valeri Kharlamov and presented by Sovetsky Sport newspaper, as the best Russian NHL player as voted by other Russian NHL players.
    Later that month, on March 21, 2008, Ovechkin scored his 59th and 60th goals of the season against the Atlanta Thrashers, becoming the first NHL player to score 60 goals in a season since Mario Lemieux and Jaromír Jágr in 1995–96 and 19th player overall.
    More Details Hide Details Four days later, on March 25, Ovechkin scored his 61st goal of the season to break the Washington Capitals' team record for goals in a single season previously held by Dennis Maruk.
    Late in the season, on March 3, 2008, Ovechkin notched his 50th, 51st and 52nd goals of the campaign for his fourth career NHL hat trick and to hit the 50-goal mark for the second time in his career.
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  • 2007
    Age 21
    Playing in the final season of his rookie contract, in 2007–08, Ovechkin signed a 13-year contract extension worth $124 million with the Capitals on January 10, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The contract, which averages $9.5 million per year, was the richest in NHL history. Working without an agent, Ovechkin negotiated with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and former general manager George McPhee.
    The following season, Ovechkin appeared in his first NHL All-Star Game in Dallas on January 24, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He completed his second NHL season with 46 goals and 92 points.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    At the 2006 IIHF World Championships, Ovechkin scored six goals and three assists (nine points) in seven games before Russia lost 4–3 to the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.
    More Details Hide Details For his efforts, Ovechkin was one of six players selected to the Media All-Star Team.
    On February 1, Ovechkin was named NHL Rookie of the Month for January 2006 as well as being named Offensive Player of the Month, becoming only the third player in NHL history to earn both honors simultaneously.
    More Details Hide Details Ovechkin finished the 2005–06 season leading all NHL rookies in goals, points, power-play goals and shots. He finished third overall in the NHL in scoring with 106 points and tied for third in goals with 52. His 425 shots led the league, set an NHL rookie record and was the fourth-highest total in NHL history. Ovechkin's point total was the second-best in Washington Capitals history and his goals total tied for third in franchise history. He was also named to the NHL First All-Star Team, the first rookie to receive the honor in 15 years. After the season ended, Ovechkin received the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's best rookie. He was also a finalist in his rookie season for the Lester B. Pearson Award. EA Sports made him one of the cover athletes for NHL 07.
    On January 13, 2006, in Anaheim, Ovechkin scored his first career hat trick against Jean-Sébastien Giguère of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to help Washington win the game.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later, on January 16, he scored a goal that veteran hockey reporter Bill Clement called "one of the greatest goals of all time." Knocked down by Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara and sliding on his back facing away from the net, Ovechkin was able to hook the puck with one hand on his stick and slide it into the net past goalie Brian Boucher for his second goal of the night. It became referred to as "The Goal."
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    In 2005, Ovechkin played in his first IIHF men's World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details He scored five goals and three assists, landing eighth in the top scorers list and sharing third place in goal scoring. In 2006, Ovechkin played in his first Winter Olympic Games. Although Russia came away from the games without a medal, Ovechkin scored five goals in the tournament, including the game-winner against Canada's Martin Brodeur, eliminating Canada from the tournament. Ovechkin was the only player not on the Swedish (gold medal winners) or Finnish (silver medal winners) teams to be named to the all-tournament team.
    Also at 19, Ovechkin was named captain of the junior team in the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
    More Details Hide Details The tournament, lasting from December 25, 2004, to January 4, 2005, was Ovechkin's third and last. At the conclusion of the tournament, he had collected seven goals, tied for the tournament lead. His team received the silver medal after losing the gold medal game to Canada on January 4, and Ovechkin was named the Best Forward of the tournament as well as selected to the tournament All-Star Team.
    Two days after signing, the lockout ended with a new CBA. Ovechkin played his first game with the Capitals on October 5, 2005, scoring two goals against goalie Pascal Leclaire in a 3–2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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    Although a new NHL collective bargaining agreement (CBA) had not yet been reached between players and owners, Ovechkin decided to opt out and signed with the Capitals on August 5, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was a three-year, entry-level contract worth the rookie maximum of $984,200 per season with performance-based bonuses to inflate his annual salary to as much as $3.9 million.
    With the threat of the lockout cancelling another NHL season, Ovechkin signed a contract with rival Russian team Avangard Omsk. In order to maintain his eligibility for the NHL in the event that the lockout ended, the contract contained an out clause with a July 20, 2005, deadline.
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  • 2004
    Age 18
    He recorded 27 points in 34 games in 2004–05, while missing nearly two months of play because of a shoulder injury sustained in the gold medal game against Canada in the 2005 World Junior Championships.
    More Details Hide Details In the playoffs, he helped Dynamo win the RSL title.
    Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Ovechkin remained with Dynamo for one more season.
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    The following off-season, Ovechkin was selected first overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.
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    Ovechkin's first senior tournament was the 2004 World Championship, and he also played in the World Cup that year.
    More Details Hide Details Ovechkin has also played for Russia at the Winter Olympics in 2006, 2010, and 2014. Overall Ovechkin has represented Russia at eleven World Championships and three Olympics in his career, winning the World Championship three times.
    With the 2004–05 NHL lockout cancelling the season, Ovechkin remained in Russia until 2005, joining the Capitals for the 2005–06 season.
    More Details Hide Details He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, scoring 52 goals and 54 assists to lead all rookies with 106 points and finishing third overall in league scoring. Ovechkin has led the NHL in goal scoring, and won the Rocket Richard Trophy, six times in his career. He first did so in 2007–08 season, when he recorded 65 goals and 112 points. He led the league in points, winning the Art Ross Trophy, and also won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player and Lester B. Pearson Award as the best player as voted on by the NHL Players' Association. Ovechkin would again win the Hart Trophy and Pearson Award in 2009, along with the Richard Trophy, and won the Ted Lindsay Award (the renamed Pearson Award) for a third consecutive year in 2010; it also marked the fifth straight year that he was named to the First All-Star Team. After a couple years of decreased scoring, Ovechkin again led the league in goals, and earning the Richard Trophy, in 2013, again winning the Hart Trophy. He would repeat as the Richard Trophy winner from 2014 to 2016, scoring at least 50 goals each season, becoming the first player to win the award six times, and the third to lead the NHL in goals that many times, as well as the third player to score 50 goals in a season seven times.
    A highly touted prospect, Ovechkin was selected by the Capitals first overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
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  • 2003
    Age 17
    In 2003, the team would go on to win a gold medal in the IIHF World U20 Championship.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 19, Ovechkin was named to the Russian national team for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, making him the youngest player to play in the tournament.
    He was so highly regarded that the Florida Panthers attempted to draft him in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft in the ninth round, even though his birthday was two days after the cut-off (September 15, 1985).
    More Details Hide Details Rick Dudley, the general manager of the Panthers, claimed the pick was legitimate, claiming that Ovechkin was old enough with leap years taken into consideration.
  • 2002
    Age 16
    He also was selected to play at the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championships, which he amassed 14 goals and four assists in eight games, leading Russia to a silver medal.
    More Details Hide Details Ovechkin holds the record for most points scored in IIHF U18 World Championships with 31 points in 14 games. At the age of 18, Ovechkin was named captain of the junior Russian national team. Russia finished fifth in the tournament.
    Internationally Ovechkin has represented Russia in multiple tournaments. His first IIHF tournament was the 2002 World U18 Championship.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he made his debut at the World Junior Championship, helping Russia win the gold medal. He played two more years at the World Juniors, as well as once more at the World U18 Championships.
  • 2001
    Age 15
    Making his professional debut in the 2001–02 season, he scored four points in 21 games.
    More Details Hide Details He would spend three seasons there prior to being drafted by the NHL, and he would rack up 36 goals and 32 assists in 152 career games.
    Prior to entering the NHL, Ovechkin played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague for four seasons, from 2001 until 2005, and returned to play for them briefly during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on September 17, 1985.
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