51 Facts About Alexander Ovechkin

1. On 11 September 2015, Alexander Ovechkin announced via Instagram his engagement to Nastya Shubskaya whom he subsequently married.

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2. On 21 January 2008, in Pittsburgh, when Alexander Ovechkin took a run at Malkin, which would have seemingly resulted in a devastating hit had Malkin not ducked out of the way just in time.

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3. Alexander Ovechkin has denied that version of events, while Malkin confirmed it.

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4. Alexander Ovechkin said on being a Russian in America hostile to Russia: "I have a good relationship with Russians and with Americans.

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5. On 6 July 2009, Alexander Ovechkin was named an ambassador for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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6. On 11 June 2008, Alexander Ovechkin launched his own line of designer streetwear with CCM.

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7. Alexander Ovechkin is the cover athlete of 2K Sports hockey simulation video game NHL 2K10, as well as the cover athlete of EA Sports' NHL 07.

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8. Alexander Ovechkin joined the Russian team late in the 2015 IIHF World Championships, where Russia won the silver medal.

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9. Alexander Ovechkin joined the national team after the Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2013.

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10. Alexander Ovechkin 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.

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11. Alexander Ovechkin was selected to the Media All-Star Team for the second time in five tournament appearances.

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12. At the 2008 IIHF World Championships, Alexander Ovechkin helped lead Russia to the gold medal by finishing with 12 points in nine games.

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13. Alexander Ovechkin was the only player not on the Swedish or Finnish (silver medal winners) teams to be named to the all-tournament team.

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14. In 2006, Alexander Ovechkin played in his first Winter Olympic Games.

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15. At the age of 19, Alexander 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.

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16. At the age of 18, Alexander Ovechkin was named captain of the junior Russian national team.

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17. Alexander Ovechkin holds the record for most points scored in IIHF U18 World Championships with 31 points in 14 games.

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18. At the age of 16, Alexander Ovechkin helped lead the junior national team to the gold medal with two hat tricks, one against Switzerland and one against the United States, and an assist.

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19. Alexander Ovechkin continued to use Bauer equipment until the 2017 season, when he switched back to CCM.

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20. Alexander Ovechkin is known as a durable player, losing little time to injuries.

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21. Alexander Ovechkin went on to become the first Russian player to captain a team to the Stanley Cup.

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22. Alexander Ovechkin said, 'I'm going to show you I'm still a great player.

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23. On 23 May 2018, Alexander Ovechkin helped lead the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals for their first time since 1998—going on to help them win their first national championship in franchise history.

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24. Alexander Ovechkin became the second player, tied with Bobby Hull, to win the NHL's goal scoring title seven times.

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25. On 11 January 2017, Alexander Ovechkin scored his 1,000th career point, becoming the 37th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points with only one team.

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26. Alexander Ovechkin became the sixth fastest player to ever reach that mark, getting it in 634 games, one less than Pavel Bure.

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27. Alexander Ovechkin had switched to playing right wing that entire season so was voted to the First All-Star Team's right wing, but because some voters were not aware of the change, voted for him at his traditional left wing position, therefore landing him left wing on the Second All-Star Team.

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28. Alexander Ovechkin was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy for the third time in his career.

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29. On 23 January 2012, Alexander Ovechkin received a three-game suspension for a hit on Zbynek Michalek of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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30. Alexander Ovechkin became the first European, second-youngest and 14th overall captain in team history.

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31. On 5 January 2010, Alexander Ovechkin was named captain of the Washington Capitals after previous captain Chris Clark was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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32. Alexander Ovechkin was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct at the time.

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33. Alexander Ovechkin went on to win the Hart and Pearson trophies for the second consecutive year, becoming the seventeenth player to win the Hart multiple times.

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34. Alexander Ovechkin finished the 2009 playoffs with a post-season career-high 21 points in 14 games.

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35. Alexander Ovechkin scored nine points in seven games against the Flyers as the Capitals were eliminated in the opening round.

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36. Alexander Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal in his NHL playoff debut with less than five minutes left in game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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37. Alexander 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 Backstrom and defenseman Mike Green.

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38. Alexander Ovechkin was a finalist in his rookie season for the Lester B Pearson Award.

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39. Alexander Ovechkin was named to the NHL First All-Star Team, the first rookie to receive the honor in 15 years.

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40. On 1 February, Alexander 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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41. On 13 January 2006, in Anaheim, Alexander Ovechkin scored his first career hat trick against Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to help Washington win the game.

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42. Alexander Ovechkin 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.

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43. Alexander Ovechkin began playing in the Russian Super League in Dynamo Moscow at the age of 16.

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44. Alexander Ovechkin made a name for himself in the Dynamo Moscow system when at 11 he scored 56 goals, breaking Pavel Bure's record of 53.

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45. Alexander Ovechkin credits his elder brother Sergei for introducing him to, and encouraging him to pursue, hockey.

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46. Alexander Ovechkin was born on 17 September 1985, in Moscow, the son of well-known Soviet athletes.

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47. Alexander Ovechkin has played for Russia at the Winter Olympics in 2006, 2010, and 2014.

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48. Alexander Ovechkin played two more years at the World Juniors, as well as once more at the World U18 Championships.

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49. Alexander Ovechkin won his first Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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50. In 2017, Alexander Ovechkin was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players of all-time.

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51. Alexander Ovechkin has led the NHL in goal scoring seven times, which is tied for the most times in history with Bobby Hull.

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