Player of the Week - Alex Ovechkin

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For a time over the past couple of seasons, it appeared as if Alex Ovechkin’s reign as the most dynamic and dangerous offensive player in hockey were over. Fans and media were sure they had him figured out. Pegged by some as a ‘one-dimensional player’ who had shown his cards to the league, many felt that unless he re-invented himself, he would no longer strike fear into opposing defenders and goalies. As it turns out, everyone who was of that opinion was wrong. Very wrong. Alex has once again emerged as a full-out superstar in the NHL. After a slow start to the lockout-shortened 2013 season, Ovechkin has taken charge of the Capitals and is leading them as they surge towards the playoffs as the NHL’s hottest team. His overall play and leadership have made the Capitals a team that no one wants to play in the first round of the playoffs, and his point production has seen him shoot up the stats charts and into the MVP discussion around the league. With his game back on track and a potential motivation to continue proving his detractors wrong, Ovechkin and the Capitals have their sights set on continuing their strong play well into the playoffs.

-     Alex had another strong game on Tuesday night, scoring his league-leading 28th goal and adding an assist, as   the Capitals recorded their eighth straight victory

-     He has been scorching hot of late, notching four points in his last two games

-     Alex has re-emerged as one of the most dynamic players in the league in 2013, while rocketing up the offensive statistics ranks. His name is now being mentioned in MVP discussions

BIOGRAPHY

  • Born in Moscow, USSR (Russia) on September 17, 1985
  • Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round, 1st overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
  • Is a three-time recipient of the NHLPA’s ‘Most Outstanding Player’ award (Lester B. Pearson 2007-08, 2008-09, & Ted Lindsay Award 2009-10); and a two-time winner of the Hart Trophy (2007-08, 2008-09), among his many accolades
  • Has appeared in 5 NHL All-Star Games
  • Continues to be a pillar of the Russian national program, and has suited up on the international stage countless times, bringing home gold medals from the 2003 World Juniors, as well as the 2008 & 2012 IIHF World Championships
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