Alex Ovechkin will be one of the biggest hockey players to watch at the 2014 Olympics. A member of the Russian national team who has been the NHL's MVP with the Washington Capitals on three occasions, Ovechkin's task is to help lead his country to its first Olympic hockey gold medals since 1992. The fact that Ovechkin has also won a pair of NHL goal-scoring titles and already appeared in both the 2006 and 2010 Olympics strengthen the argument to consider him the top Russian hockey player on a team that will enter Sochi with as much pressure to win as any nation's representative in any sport.
- One of eight players in NHL history to win the League's MVP award at least three times.
- Led the NHL in goals in 2008, 2009 and 2013.
- Led the NHL in points in 2007-08.
- Only player in NHL history to be named to the League's First All-Star team in each of his first five seasons.
- Member of the NHL's First All-Star Team in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013.
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
- Won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 World Championships.
- Won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year in 2005-06.
- Won a gold medal at the 2003 World Junior Championships.
Things to know:
1. His mother, Tatyana, won gold medals representing the Soviet Union at both the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
2. His father, Mikhail, is a retired professional soccer player.
3. He is engaged to tennis player Maria Kirilenko.