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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Ducks lose 3-2 to Capitals in OT
Fox News - 2 months
Alex Ovechkin scored on a slap shot at 1:58 of the extra session to give the Capitals their sixth straight win at home.
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NHL's Ovechkin, Kuznetsov support Russian athletes
Reuters.com - 3 months
(Reuters) - Russian Washington Capitals players Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov will support any of their countrymen who chose compete at the Winter Olympics despite an IOC decision banning Russia from the Games, they said on Wednesday.
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Caps' Alex Ovechkin finished playoffs with lower-body injury
ABC News - 10 months
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin finished the playoffs playing through a lower-body injury that required pain-numbing injections
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Washington D.C. Is on Edge....Over Hockey
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
The Capitals boast a star-studded roster, which includes Alexander Ovechkin and Kevin Shattenkirk, but now confront the franchise’s history of postseason disappointment.
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Biggest Super Bowl LI bets in Nevada
ABC News - about 1 year
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 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
"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 - almost 2 years
(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 - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 2 years
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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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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
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    He also joined the Russian team late in the 2015 IIHF World Championships, where Russia won the silver medal.
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    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.
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    He marked 500 career NHL goals in the 2015-16 season and has also led the league in scoring for the past four years.
  • 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.
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    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.
    Ovechkin participated in the 2014 IIHF World Championships.
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  • 2013
    Age 27
    Ovechkin also represented Russia in 2013 IIHF World Championships.
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    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.
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    On December 20, 2013, in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal.
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    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.
  • 2012
    Age 26
    Ovechkin played in Russia's last three games of the 2012 IIHF World Championships.
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    The following day, Ovechkin announced he would not attend the 2012 NHL All-Star Game due to the suspension.
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    On January 23, 2012, Ovechkin received a three-game suspension for a hit on Zbyněk Michálek of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • 2011
    Age 25
    Ovechkin also joined the Russian team for the 2011 IIHF World Championships after the Capitals were eliminated from the NHL playoffs.
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    On December 12, 2011, Ovechkin registered his first NHL fighting major against Brandon Dubinsky of the New York Rangers.
    On April 5, 2011, Ovechkin scored his 300th career goal, becoming the sixth-youngest and seventh-fastest player to do so.
    On March 8, 2011, in a 5–0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, Ovechkin recorded his 600th career point.
    In 2011, Ovechkin and the Capitals took part in the New Year's Day NHL Winter Classic, facing the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    On January 5, 2010, Ovechkin was named captain of the Washington Capitals after previous captain Chris Clark was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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  • 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.
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    Ovechkin finished the 2009 playoffs with a post-season career-high 21 points in 14 games.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    On January 24, 2009, at the SuperSkills Competition, Malkin assisted Ovechkin in his stunt during the Breakaway Challenge.
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  • 2008
    Age 22
    The two would also not make eye contact at the 2008 NHL Awards Ceremony.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    The following season, Ovechkin appeared in his first NHL All-Star Game in Dallas on January 24, 2007.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    In 2005, Ovechkin played in his first IIHF men's World Championships.
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    Also at 19, Ovechkin was named captain of the junior team in the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Ovechkin remained with Dynamo for one more season.
    The following off-season, Ovechkin was selected first overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.
    Ovechkin's first senior tournament was the 2004 World Championship, and he also played in the World Cup that year.
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    With the 2004–05 NHL lockout cancelling the season, Ovechkin remained in Russia until 2005, joining the Capitals for the 2005–06 season.
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    A highly touted prospect, Ovechkin was selected by the Capitals first overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
  • 2003
    Age 17
    In 2003, the team would go on to win a gold medal in the IIHF World U20 Championship.
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    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).
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  • 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.
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    Internationally Ovechkin has represented Russia in multiple tournaments. His first IIHF tournament was the 2002 World U18 Championship.
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  • 2001
    Age 15
    Making his professional debut in the 2001–02 season, he scored four points in 21 games.
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    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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on September 17, 1985.
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