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Alex Ovechkin | Winger | #8

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/17/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 239
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was asked what the NHL's response would be if Alex Ovechkin decided to play in the Olympics against the league's wishes.
"I don’t have a league reaction to that," Daly said. "If that became a prevailing view of a group of players, or a significant group of players, I might have a different view. But at this point it’s a single superstar player who will have a contract with one of clubs, and the club will handle that within its own discretion." This is all hypothetical right now of course because the NHL hasn't reached a decision on the Olympics yet. However, Ovechkin did suggest that he would play in the 2018 Winter Games even if the NHL refused to participate. Sep 28 - 6:06 AM

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Alex Ovechkin scored Russia's only goal in their 2-1 loss to Sweden.

The Russians came out very flat, but they made it interesting in the final minute of the game, as Ovechkin scored with 33 seconds remaining to make it 2-1. Then, with under 10 seconds remaining, Ovechkin appeared to score the game-tying goal, but it was waved off because he appeared to push the puck over the goal line with his glove. The play was reviewed, but the call on the ice didn't change. Russia will have to get over this loss quickly. They'll take Team North America on Monday.
Sep 18 - 6:19 PM

Alex Ovechkin suggested that he would play in the 2018 Winter Olympics even if the NHL decides not to participate.

That would be consistent with some of what Ovechkin talked about prior to the NHL's decision to participate in the 2014 games. Of course, that debate was ultimately moot because the NHL did end up accommodating the 2014 Olympics, but it remains to be seen if they'll do that again for 2018.
Sep 15 - 8:02 PM

One of the quirks of the World Cup is that Team Russia, and thus Alex Ovechkin, made use of the Pittsburgh Penguins' locker room at their practice facility.

Ovechkin was put near Sidney Crosby's stall, which he admitted was "kind of weird." Meanwhile Team Russia teammate Evgeni Malkin was right at home and assigned to his normal Penguins stall. Ovechkin will be serving as Russia's captain while Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk will be the alternates.
Sep 12 - 3:45 PM

Alex Ovechkin will be the captain of Russia at the World Cup of Hockey.

The decision probably wasn't a difficult one for the team. Ovechkin was a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award following the 2015-16 campaign and he jumps at the opportunity to represent his country whenever he can. Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk will serve as the alternates for Team Russia.
Sep 7 - 10:13 AM

Alex Ovechkin was struck in the hand by a puck at Russia's first practice for the World Cup on Monday, but everything appears to be fine.

He was back on the ice in time for the next drill and he completed the session. He was hit by Washington teammate Dmitry Orlov, whose concern quickly faded when he said that the shot wasn't that hard. "It was a muffin," Orlov said, laughing. "The practice was hard, and the ice was a little bit bad today. It was a bad shot by me. Next practice, I will try to shoot lower."
Sep 6 - 9:22 AM

Alex Ovechkin isn't sure if the upcoming World Cup of Hockey will be his last.

"It's going to be my second [World Cup]," he said. "For me, it was a great memory to play against great players. Maybe it's going be my last World Cup. I don't know." Ovechkin will probably still be playing in 2020 when the next tournament is held, but he could be thinking differently after getting married as he wants to start a family.
Sep 5 - 7:29 PM

The Capitals and the Russian Hockey Federation have denied a media report that Alex Ovechkin could miss the World Cup of Hockey due to a lower-body injury.

A member of Washington's PR department said: "No truth to this rumor." He added that Ovechkin is in Moscow, where he is training for the tournament and the upcoming NHL season.
Aug 9 - 10:21 AM

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan wants to keep taking pressure off of Alex Ovechkin.

"I think for him, it's our job is to surround him with a little more depth, so there's not the pressure," MacLellan said. "I think he can play a lot more if he doesn't feel that pressure that he needs to win the games. As [Evgeny Kuznetsov] gets better, as [Andre] Burakovsky gets better — I think he really enjoyed playing with [T.J.] Oshie. I mean, that takes a lot of the pressure off him, offensively, and I think he can play longer given a good team, a deep team." He won the Rocket Richard Trophy after leading the league with 50 goals, but he finished behind Kuznetsov in scoring. That's a good sign that depth is being built even though Kuznetsov struggled to produce in the playoffs. He was also named a finalist for Mark Messier's NHL Leadership Award and MacLellan believes that Ovechkin reached another level in his leadership ability.
May 18 - 4:13 PM

Alex Ovechkin has agreed to play for Team Russia in the 2016 World Championships.

Ovechkin will be representing Russia in the Worlds for the 12th time. He has gold medals from Russia's victories in 2008, 2012, and 2014.
May 11 - 12:07 PM

Alex Ovechkin is proud of his team despite the Capitals' disappointing finish.

"I don’t know what to say, to be honest with you," Ovechkin said. "It’s a great group of guys. We lose. Obviously, I’m proud of my team. We tried to bounce back. We almost did. The character of this group is huge. It sucks when you lose with this team." While Washington has endured a lot of seasons where they looked strong in the regular season only to come up well short in the playoffs, it really did look like this year might be different. And in some ways it was. It's true that this was yet another second round exit for Washington, but Pittsburgh was a formidable opponent and Washington overcame a 3-0 deficit in Game 6 to force overtime, even if the Capitals ultimately came up short. With all that being said though, Ovechkin will turn 31 in September and still hasn't come close to winning the Cup. He had a great series and deserves a lot of credit for his efforts, but you have to wonder how many more good opportunities he'll get to go all the way.
May 11 - 10:53 AM

Alex Ovechkin picked up a pair of assists in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins in Game 6.

After another successful regular season, Ovechkin and the Capitals will be heading home early. The Capitals battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the second period before Pens forward Nick Bonino scored the overtime winner. Ovechkin picked up assists on power play goals by T.J. Oshie (3-1) and John Carlson (3-3). The 30-year-old finishes the postseason with five goals and 12 points in 12 games.
May 10 - 11:39 PM

Alex Ovechkin scored his 13th career playoff power play goal Saturday to tie Peter Bondra for the all-time lead among Washington Capitals.

Ovechkin will look to become the career leader for the Capitals on Tuesday when the Capitals and Penguins faceoff in Game 6. Ovechkin now has five goals and 10 points in 11 playoff matches after a 50 goal, 71 point regular season.
May 8 - 10:42 AM

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist as the Capitals defeated the Penguins 3-1 in Game 5 on Saturday night.

The Capitals needed their best players to step up and that’s what they got Saturday, though they’ll need it two more times as they trail 3-2 in the series. Ovechkin scored the game’s first goal on the power play, then he followed it up with an assist on T.J. Oshie’s power play marker. Oshie also had an assist. Justin Williams picked up his second goal of the postseason. Braden Holtby made 30 saves.
May 7 - 10:14 PM

Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares and Shea Weber were named finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award

The 50-goal scorer hit that milestone for the seventh time in 2015-16 as the Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy with a franchise record 56 wins. The winner will be chosen at the NHL Awards on June 22 in Las Vegas.
May 4 - 7:43 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Brad Malone
5Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Stanislav Galiev
5Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer