Alexander Ovechkin

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Alexander Ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian ice-hockey player. He currently plays left wing for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League. He remains one of the most prolific points-scorer in the league. Aside from his scoring ability, Ovechkin is also known for his hard-hitting checks and exuberant post-goal celebrations.

Early career

Born near Moscow, Ovechkin began his climb to professional stardom at the age of 16 in the Dynamo Moscow system. He made his debut in the Russian Superleague in 2001-2002. In the 2003-2004 season, he became the youngest player to lead the league in scoring.

NHL career

Ovechkin was the first overall player picked in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He had been scouted as a number 1 prospect for nearly 2 years.

Following the NHL lockout in 2004, Ovechkin began his NHL career in October 2005. He was named NHL Rookie of the Month in December of that same year. During a game with the Phoenix Coyotes, Ovechkin scored one of the NHLs top ten goals as voted on by ESPN. Knocked down by a defenseman, sliding on the ice with his back to the goal, he was able to hook his stick around the puck to get the puck by goalie Brian Boucher. At the end of the 2005-2006 season, Ovechkin was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy, the equivalent to the NHL Rookie of the Year.

The 2007-2008 season was even better to Ovechkin. He was the first NHL player to reach 60 goals since 1996, and broke the single-season goals record for the Washington Capitals organization. He finished the season with 112 points and 65 goals; first place in both categories.

Ovechkin is currently locked in a 13-year, $123 million contract with the Washington Capitals