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#8 Alex Ovechkin - Left Wing

  • POSITION: Left Wing
  • HEIGHT: 6'3"
  • WEIGHT: 230
  • BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 09/17/85
  • AGE: 30

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The first player in league history to be named to the NHL First All-Star Team in each of his first five seasons in the league. Won three straight NHLPA MVP awards from 2008-2010, joining Wayne Gretzky and Guy Lafleur as the only players to do so. In 2009 became the first player in more than a decade to win consecutive Hart Trophies (Dominik Hasek, 1997 and ’98) and the first non-goaltender to do it since Wayne Gretzky won eight in a row (1980-87). The third-youngest player to win consecutive Hart Trophies, trailing only Gretzky and Bobby Orr. Has been named to five NHL All-Star Games. Only six players scored more goals in their fi rst seven seasons than Ovechkin (339); there are only 11 players with more points in their first seven seasons. The only active player with four 50-goal seasons and just the fourth all-time to post four in his first five seasons (Bossy, Gretzky, Lemieux). Has four 100-point seasons, two more than the Capitals had in their fi rst 30 seasons. One of six players to record 100 points four times in his first five seasons (Gretzky, Lemieux, Hawerchuk, Stastny, Sidney Crosby). Joined Gretzky and Lemieux as the only players to record 200 goals and 200 assists in their first four NHL seasons. Already ranks third in career goal scoring and in points for the Caps. Has posted 41 more goals and 22 more points than any other NHLer since he entered the league. Holds the Capitals record for career overtime goals (12). Led the NHL in shots in six straight seasons (2005-2011), the only player to do so since the statistic was first tracked in 1967-68. Has had 35 games with 10 or more shots on goal in his career, more than any other active player. Became the 9th player in NHL history to score 30 or more goals in his first 7 seasons in the league; Also became just the 3rd player in the league to have scored 30 or more goals every season since 2005-06. Tied Peter Bondra for first place in all-time playoff goal scoring in Capitals history with a goal in Game 6 of the ECSF vs. NYR. Became the first NHL player to score at least 30 goals in his first 50 Stanley Cup playoff games since Joe Sakic reached the 50-game mark with 33 goals in May 1997.

2011-12: Led WSH in goals and points. Led WSH, T-5th in the NHL in shots on goal (303); Finished 5th in the league in goals. Had 43 points (28g-15a) in his last 47 games. Scored his 30th goal of the season on 3/18 in CHI. Tallied a goal :32 seconds into the game on 4/7 at NYR. Scored a goal on 4/5 vs. FLA. Was named NHL’s 3rd Star of the week for week ending March 25. Tallied 1 goal and 1 assist on 3/25 vs. MIN and was 2nd Star. Scored 2 goals on 3/23 at WPG. Scored a goal 26 seconds into the game on 3/22 at PHI. Tallied 2 PPG on 3/19 at DET. Scored twice on 3/13 at NYI. Scored the overtime GWG on 3/8 vs. TB. Scored the GWG in overtime on 2/28 vs. NYI. Named to 2012 NHL All-Star Game (5th selection)...Scored 25th goal of the season on 2/24 vs. MTL...Named NHL’s “2nd Star” for week ending Jan. 1 (5g-2a) and +4 in 4 games. Scored twice on 2/7 vs. FLA. Had 2 goals on 12/30 vs. BUF. Scored the GWG on 12/15 at WPG...Scored a 3rd-period goal on 12/7 at OTT...Scored 2 goals on 10/20 at PHI and was 1st Star. Scored his 1st goal of the season on 10/13 at PIT. Led the Capitals in goals, shots and points during the postseason and was t-3rd in assists. Tallied a goal and an assist in Game 3 of the ECQF vs. BOS. Scored GWG in Game 2 of the ECSF at NYR.

2010-11: Led the team in goals (32), assists (53), points (85), shots (367) and hits (241) and tied for first on the team at +24. Seventh in the league in points, tied for second in overtime goals (3), eighth in the league in hits and led the NHL in shots for the sixth time. Tied for first in the NHL with 11 GWG and had assists on 9 more GWG; had at least a point in 40 of the Caps’ 48 wins. Scored his 300th career NHL goal on 4/5 in TOR; became the sixth-youngest player to reach 300 goals (25 years, 200 days) and the seventh-quickest player to reach 300 goals in terms of games played (473). Had points in 18 of his last 22 games (11g, 18a). Recorded three or more points in nine games. With his three points 4/2 vs. BUF, he became one of only seven players to start their NHL careers with six straight seasons of 80 points or more. Recorded his 600th career point 3/9 vs. EDM. Had 1g-1a in his fourth NHL All-Star Game appearance and won the Breakaway Challenge for the third straight time. Led the team in goals (5) and points (10) in the playoffs and was tied for second in assists (5). Now ranks seventh all-time in Capitals postseason points (50) and tied for second (Dale Hunter) in goals (25).

2009-10: Won the Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player by vote of his peers). Runner-up for the Hart Trophy (played judged most valuable to his team by the media). Named to the NHL First All-Star Team. Led the NHL in points per game (1.51) and goals per game (0.69). Ranked tied for second in the NHL in points (109), three points off the lead, and third in goals (50), one off the lead, in 72 games. Tied for sixth in the league in assists (59), second among wings. Led all NHL forwards and was second behind teammate Jeff Schultz in plus/minus rating (+45), good for the second-best rating in Capitals history. Led the league in shots (368). Led the league with 37 even-strength goals. Led the team with 13 PPGs (tied for sixth in the NHL) and seven GWGs (tied for fourth). Had 65 points (26g-39a) and was +33 at home. Led the league with 24 goals on the road. His 40 goals and 80 points outside of his division were both tops in the NHL. Named the league’s Best Player for the third straight year by The Hockey News. Won the Capitals’ Three Stars Award for the fourth straight year. Scored seven goals against PIT, his most against any team. Had a fi ve-point game (1g-4a) and established a career high for assists in a game 1/17 vs. TOR. Scored his first career penalty shot goal on Ray Emery on 1/17 vs. PHI. Posted his ninth career hat trick 2/7 vs. PIT to lead a comeback from a three-goal defi cit and assisted on Mike Knuble’s GWG. Missed four games due to two separate suspensions (12/3—12/5, 3/16—3/18), six due to injury and most of three after being assessed game misconducts. Led the team in scoring (10 points) and was tied for the lead in goals (fi ve) in seven playoff games. Finished tied for fourth in the league in each category through the first round. Had a playoff-career-high four points (1g-3a) and was +3 in Game 2 vs. MTL (4/17). Scored goals in four straight games from 4/17—4/23 (5g). Had three points (2g-1a) in Game 4 at MTL (4/21).

2008-09: Repeat winner of the Hart Trophy (player most valuable to his team), the Lester B. Pearson Award (most outstanding player by vote of his peers) and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (most goals). Earned 115 of 133 fi rst-place Hart Trophy votes. Led the NHL in points per game (1.39) and finished second in points (110). Led the NHL in goals (56), even-strength goals (36), home goals (34), outside-the-division goals (40) and empty-net goals (5). Set a Capitals record with 34 goals at home, improving on his mark of 32 from 2007-08. Second in the NHL in division goals (16) and tied for second in PPGs (19) and first goals of the game (9). Had 10 more goals than any other player; he was the only player with 50 or more goals. Tied for third in the NHL in GWGs (10) and overtime goals (3) and was tied for fourth in road goals (22) Led the league with 46 power-play points, 59 points at home and 42 division points; second with 51 points on the road. Took 528 shots, becoming only the second player in NHL history to take more than 500 shots in a single season (Esposito). Led the team and ranked ninth in the NHL with 243 hits. Had the most assists of any non-center in the leaguel. Almost half of his goals (26 of 56) came in the third period or OT; led the NHL in third-period goals (24) and points (45). NHL’s First Star of the Week on 12/29 and Second Star of the Week on 11/17. Named the Sporting News’ Player of the Year and its All-NHL team by a vote of league coaches and executives. Named the D.C. Sportsman of the Year by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance for the second year in a row. Won the Kharlamov Trophy for the fourth year in a row as the top Russian player in the NHL. Named the MVP and Best Player for the second straight year by The Hockey News. USA Today’s Clutch Scorer for the third time; voted MVP by a panel of reporters assembled by the paper. Was nominated for two ESPYs (Best NHL Player, Best Play). Named to his third straight NHL All-Star Game; won the Breakaway Challenge and had a goal and two assists in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game. Won the Capitals’ Three Stars Award for the fourth straight year. He and teammate Mike Green (31 goals) led the league for the second straight year in goal scoring overall and by a defenseman. Ranked second on the team and fi rst among NHL forwards with 23:00 of ice time per game. Team was 31-5-4 when he scored a goal and 42-13-6 when he tallied a point. Had three streaks of 10 consecutive games with a point (11/10—11/28, 11g-11a; 1/27—2/18, 11g-5a; 2/22—3/14, 7g-7a). Second in the NHL with three hat tricks (11/26 vs. ATL, 2/1 vs. OTT and 2/15 at FLA). Had a hat trick and four points (3g-1a) 11/26 vs. ATL. Scored the GWG with 11 seconds left in overtime on 12/16 at NYI. Had his second and third hat trick in February: 2/1 vs. OTT (3g) and 2/15 at FLA (3g). Recorded his 200th career goal 2/5 vs. LA. Appeared in his 300th NHL game 2/15 at FLA. Posted his 400th career point 3/17 at FLA. Scored his 50th goal in a 5-2 win on 3/19 at TB. Recorded his 200th career assist 4/7 at ATL. Led the team in goals (11) and points (21) in 14 playoff games. Through two rounds of the playoffs, led the NHL in points (tied), shots (90) and plus/minus (+10). Ranked second in goals through two rounds and fi nished the playoffs tied for fourth in goals. Had six points (3g-3a) in fi ve games when the Caps faced elimination. Had 13 shots and two assists in Game 1 of the ECQF vs. NYR (4/15). Recorded his fi rst career playoff hat trick in Game 2 of the ECSF vs. PIT (3g, 5/4), the first playoff hat trick for a Cap in 85 games, since 4/26/93 (Al Iafrate). Had back-to-back three-point games vs. PIT in Games 5 (2g-1a, 5/9) and 6 (3a, 5/11).

2007-08: Won the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award. The first Capital to win either award. The second Russian to win either award (Sergei Fedorov, 1994). The first player in history to win the Hart Trophy, the Pearson Award, the Art Ross Trophy (most points) and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy all in one season. Led the NHL in points (112), goals (65), PPGs (22) and GWGs (11), all of which were career high. Also led the league in shots (446), which was a career high at the time. Named the D.C. Sportsman of the Year by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. His 65 goals set an NHL record for goals by a left wing, breaking Luc Robitaille’s mark of 63 (1992-93), and were more than any active player has ever scored besides Teemu Selanne (76, 1992-93) The first player since 1996 to reach 60 goals; one of only 12 players all-time to score 65 or more goals. Set Capitals single-season records for goals and shots; tied the Capitals record for PPGs. Scored a higher percentage of his team’s goals than any other player (27.3%) and had a hand in more of his team’s goals than any other player (47.1%). Earned 128 of 134 first-place votes in the Hart Trophy balloting. Finished eighth in voting for the Lady Byng Trophy as the league’s most gentlemanly player. Selected for his second straight NHL All-Star Game and became the fi rst Capitals player to score two goals in an All-Star Game. Won the Capitals’ Three Stars Award for the third straight year. Won the Kharlamov Trophy as the top Russian player in the NHL for the third straight year. Selected as the MVP and best player by The Hockey News. Named the top Clutch Scorer by USA Today and unanimous selection as MVP by the paper’s panel. Voted The Sporting News Player of the Year, earning 250 of a possible 287 votes from fellow players. Named a Sporting News All-Star. Was nominated for an ESPY as the Best NHL Player. Scored more goals than the top two goal scorers on 19 of the 30 teams in the league and tied with two other teams. He and Mike Green became the first teammates to lead the league in goal scoring overall and by a defenseman, respectively, since Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey in 1988-89. Shared the NHL lead with three hat tricks; had two of the league’s four four-goal games all season. Had three five-point games, a new career high. His shot total was the second-highest in NHL history at the time. Scored his 100th career goal 10/12 at NYR. Registered his 1,000th career shot on goal 12/14 vs. BUF. Skated in his 200th NHL game 12/26 vs. TB. Posted his fi rst career four-goal and five-point game 12/29 at OTT. Scored his 30th goal 12/29 at OTT, joining Ilya Kovalchuk as the only players this decade to reach 30 goals before the end of December. Signed a new 13-year contract, the longest in Capitals history, on 1/10. Recorded his 300th career point 3/18 at NSH in his 237th game, the fastest to the milestone since Peter Forsberg. Spearheaded the Capitals’ comeback 3/21 at ATL with four points (2g-2a), including his 60th goal of the season. Led the team with nine points and shared the team lead with four goals in the playoffs. Scored two GWGs, tied for the club record in a playoff series. Finished tied for second in the NHL in first-round scoring. Had a team-high and first-round league high 37 shots on goal. Posted four multiple-point games in the playoffs. Three of his four goals came in the third period. Made his playoff debut and had two points (1g-1a), including the GWG, in Game 1 of the ECQF vs. PHI (4/11). Had three goals and four points in Games 6 and 7 combined, with nine shots on goal in each game. Won a gold medal with Russia at the World Championship. Named to the World Championship all-tournament team.

2006-07: A member of the NHL First All-Star Team for the second straight year. Voted a starter in the All-Star Game, the first Capital in the starting lineup since Rod Langway in 1986. Won the Kharlamov Trophy as the top Russian-born player in the NHL for the second year in a row. Led the Capitals in goals (46), assists (46), points (92), GWGs (8) and shots (392). Finished fourth in the league in goals, tied for ninth in PPGs (16) and tied for seventh in GWGs. Recorded the seventh-highest point total in Capitals history and tied for the 10th-best single-season goal total. Led the NHL in shots for the second year in a row, the first player to do so in back-to-back seasons since Pavel Bure (1999-00 and ’00-01). The only Capital to appear in all 82 games. Won the Capitals’ Three Stars Award, earning a Rolex watch from Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers. Led the team and ranked ninth among NHL forwards with 184 hits. Scored his fi rst two goals of the year and had a career-high 15 shots on goal 10/7 vs. CAR. Recorded his second career hat trick, scoring all three Capitals goals in a 3-2 OT win 12/15 at ATL. His goal six seconds into OT at ATL (12/15) matched the fastest overtime goal in league history. Recorded points in each of the fi rst 13 games of 2007, his career-best point-scoring streak and the fourth-longest in the NHL on the year (1/1—2/1, 8g-12a).

2005-06: Won the Calder Memorial Trophy, earning 124 of a possible 129 first-place votes in the balloting. Named to the NHL First All-Star Team, the fi rst rookie to earn that honor since Teemu Selanne in 1992-93. Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Just the second NHL rookie in history to record 50 goals and 100 points, joining Teemu Selanne (1992-93). Set Capitals rookie records for goals (52), assists (54), points (106), PPGs (21) and shots (425). Set the NHL rookie record for shots (425). Led all NHL rookies in goals, points, PPGs, SHGs (tied, 3), power-play assists (tied, 31), power-play points (52) and shots. Finished third in the league in points, tied for third in goals, sixth in PPGs, second in power-play points and fi rst in shots. Finished with the second-best singleseason point total in Capitals history, tied for the third-best goal total and the second-best PPG total … Was a fi nalist for the Lester B. Pearson Award (outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players Association) and two ESPY Awards (Best Breakthrough Athlete, Best Hockey Player). Won the Valery Kharlamov Trophy as the best Russian player in the NHL. Won USA Today’s Clutch Scoring Award. Was named the league’s best rookie by numerous media outlets, including The Hockey News, TSN, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and XM Radio. Had the most points of any Russian-born rookie in history or any rookie left wing in history. Scored 52 of the Capitals’ 230 goals (an NHL best 22.6%); had a hand in 106 of 230 (46.1%). Had a hand in 52 of Washington’s 72 PPGs (72.2%). Scored a goal against every Eastern Conference team and 22 of the Capitals’ 24 opponents, the most teams any NHL rookie has ever scored upon (Teemu Selanne scored on 21 teams in 1992-93). Led the team and ranked second among NHL rookies with 172 hits. Second on the team and fi rst among rookie forwards in the NHL with 21:37 average ice time per game. Tied for second in the league with six shootout goals (in 13 attempts); shared the league lead with three shootout-deciding goals. Set a Caps rookie record with a seven-game goal-scoring streak (2/10—3/8, 8g-5a). Set a Capitals rookie record with an 11-game point-scoring streak (3/18—4/7, 5g-12a). The first Capital ever to record a point in each of his fi rst eight NHL games (breaking the record of four by Milan Novy in 1982 and Ryan Walter in 1978). Became the fi rst Capital ever to score two goals in his NHL debut vs. CBJ (10/5). Was the first No. 1 overall pick to score two goals in his debut. Scored the first shootout goal in Capitals history vs. TB (10/16). Recorded his first career hat trick at ANA (1/13), scoring all three goals including the OT winner. Had a three-point game at PHX (1/16, 2g-1a), including a highlight-reel goal from his back that was viewed more than 100,000 times in the next week on and was named XM Radio’s goal of the year. Scored his 50th goal of the season at ATL (4/13), just one game after recording his 100th point of the season – a game-winning overtime goal – at BOS (4/10).

European Career

Played 152 games in four seasons with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League, totaling 68 points (36g-32a). 

2004-05: Helped lead Dynamo to the championship of the Russian Super League.


Has extensive experience representing Russia in international competition, appearing in three World Junior Championships (2003, 2004, 2005), eight World Championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012), the World Cup of Hockey (2004) and the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. 

2010: Recorded four points (2g-2a) in four games for Russia at the 2010 Olympics. Participated in the Closing Ceremonies. Represented Russia at the World Championship in Germany, scoring five goals in nine games and winning a silver medal. 

2008: Led Russia to its fi rst World Championship gold medal since 1993. Named to the all-tournament team. Finished tied for second in the tournament in goals and tied for sixth in points. 

2007: Helped Russia secure the bronze medal at the World Championship in Moscow. 

2006: Named to the all-tournament teams at the Olympics in Torino, Italy, and the World Championship in Latvia. 

2005: Led the team in goals (5), points (8) and GWGs (2) at the World Championship in Austria. Was named the top forward at the 2005 World Junior Championship in North Dakota. Led Russia in goals (7) and points (11) and earned a silver medal in that tournament. 

2004: Made his World Championship debut. 

2003: Made his World Junior Championship debut as a 17-year-old. Helped lead Russia to a gold medal in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

2002: Posted 14 goals and four assists (18 points) in eight games to lead Russia to the World Under-18 Championship.

NHL Transactions

Selected by Washington in the first round, first overall, in 2004 Entry Draft.


Supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Was featured on ESPN SportCenter’s “My Wish” segment after granting Sam Jacobson’s wish in March 2012. Became just the second hockey player (Gretzky) to be immortalized as a Madame Tussaud’s wax figure. Joined Right To Play as an athlete ambassador in September 2006. Purchases eight season tickets to Capitals home games and donates them to soldiers and needy children as part of Ovi’s Crazy 8s program. Received the key to the city from Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian M. Fenty on 6/13/08, the day after he won his first Hart Trophy. Signed endorsement deals with Nike and Bauer in September 2011. Has appeared on the cover of The Hockey News 12 times (including special issues) and the cover of The Washington Post Magazine once. Cover athlete on 2K Sports’ NHL 2K10 game. Celebrated the launch of that game by driving a Zamboni down Sixth Avenue to the NHL Store in New York (9/9/09). Cover athlete on EA Sports’ NHL 07 video game and the Russian edition of NHL 09. Threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals game on 9/27/06 and the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on 9/16/11. Honorary chair of the Caps Care Classic on 10/2/06, Washington’s annual charity golf tournament, where he hit a hole in one while taking practice shots on the par 3, 160-yard fourth hole at the Springfield Golf & Country Club. Celebrated his 22nd birthday by leading a beautification project at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, D.C., on 9/18/07. For his 23rd birthday, he hosted the Ovi’s Crazy 8s Skills Session for nearly 100 house league youth hockey players at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Was featured as the FOX News Sunday Power Player of the Week by Chris Wallace on 4/13/08. Participated in the Closing Ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Olympics. His mother, Tatiana, won two Olympic gold medals in basketball (1976 and 1980). Father, Mikhail, is a former professional soccer player. Spends his summers in Moscow. Enjoys vacationing in Turkey. Idolized former Soviet great Alexander Maltsev while growing up. Listens to hip hop, R&B and techno/dance music. Favorite American movie is Gladiator. Likes playing video games in his spare time. Lists basketball as his favorite sport other than hockey. Lists pasta and sushi as his favorite foods.

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