Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to playing in the NHL, Ovechkin played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague for four seasons from 2001 until 2005, and he played for Dynamo again (this time in the Kontinental Hockey League) during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
At the age of 16, Ovechkin helped lead the Junior National Team to the Gold medal with two hat tricks, one against Switzerland and one against USA, and an assist.
2002-He also was selected to play at the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championships, which he amassed 14 goals and four assists in eight games, leading Russia to a silver medal.
2003-At the age of 18, Ovechkin was named captain of the junior Russian national team. Russia finished fifth in the tournament. In 2003, the team would go on to win a gold medal in the IIHF World U20 Championship.
2004-At the age of 19, 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.
2005-In 2005, Ovechkin played in his first IIHF men's World Championships. He scored five goals and three assists, landing eighth in the top scorers list and sharing third place in goal scoring.
2006-In 2006, Ovechkin played in his first Winter Olympic Games. Although Russia came away from the games without a medal, Ovechkin scored five goals in the tournament, including the game-winner against Canada's Martin Brodeur, eliminating Canada from the tournament.
At the 2006 IIHF World Championships, Ovechkin scored six goals and three assists (nine points) in seven games before Russia lost 4–3 to the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals. For his efforts, Ovechkin was one of six players selected to the Media All-Star Team
2008-At the 2008 IIHF World Championships, Ovechkin helped lead Russia to the gold medal by finishing with 12 points (six goals, six assists) in nine games. He was selected to the Media All-Star Team for the second time in five tournament appearances.
2010-In the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ovechkin and Team Russia were one of the favourites to win the Gold Medal.
2011-Ovechkin also joined the Russian team for the 2011 IIHF World Championships after the Capitals were eliminated from the NHL playoffs
2012-Ovechkin played in Russia's last three games of the 2012 IIHF World Championships. He recorded two goals and two assists as Russia won the tournament.
2014-Ovechkin participated in the 2014 IIHF World Championships. Russia won gold. He also joined the Russian team late in the 2015 IIHF World Championships, where Russia won the silver medal.
Awards and achievements:
Order of Honour:
Asteroid 257261 Ovechkin was named in his honor by Leonid Elenin.
Ride of Fame honored Alex Ovechkin with a double decker sightseeing bus in Washington DC
Russian Superleague: 2005 RSL Champion
KHL: 2013 Gagarin Cup Champion (Gold Medal)
NHL First All-Star Team: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015
NHL Second All-Star Team: 2011, 2013, 2014
NHL All-Rookie Team: 2006
NHL All-Star Game selections: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition – "Breakaway Challenge" Winner (2008, 2009, 2011)
Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP): 2008, 2009, 2013
Lester B. Pearson Award/ Ted Lindsay Award* (Most Outstanding Player): 2008, 2009, 2010*
Art Ross Trophy (Scoring Leader): 2008 (112 points)
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (Most Goals): 2008 (65 goals), 2009 (56 goals), 2013 (32 goals; lockout shortened), 2014 (51 goals), 2015 (53 goals)
Kharlamov Trophy: 2006, 2007, 2008,- 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015
Calder Memorial Trophy (NHL Rookie of the Year): 2006
NHL Player of the Year – The Sporting News: 2008, 2009
NHL Player of the Year – Sports Illustrated: 2013
Wayne Gretzky Award (Most Valuable Player) – The Hockey News: 2013
Led the NHL in goals per game & points per game for three straight seasons (2007–08, 2008–09 & 2009–10)
Led the NHL playoffs in goals per game (2009, 2010) and points per game (2009)
Holds the NHL record for most seasons of 10+ game-winning goals (5)
Only player in NHL history to be named to the NHL First All-Star Team in each of his first five seasons
Sixth player in NHL history to record 50+ Goals in at least 6 seasons
Eighth player in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy at least three times (Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Clarke, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Eddie Shore and Howie Morenz)
2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships – Best Forward & All-Star Team
2006 Winter Olympics – All-Star Team
2006 World Championships – All-Star Team
2008 World Championships – All-Star Team
2008 World Championships – Gold Medal
2012 World Championships – Gold Medal
2014 World Championships – Gold Medal
First player to win the Art Ross Trophy, Maurice Richard Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award and Hart Memorial Trophy as well as win all four in a single season (Note: The Maurice Richard Trophy was established for the 1998–99 season).
Only player to be named to the NHL First All-Star Team in each of his first five seasons
Most goals scored by a left-winger in a season (2007–08) – 65 goals
Most points scored by a left-wing rookie (2005–06) – 106 points
Most shots on goal by a left-winger in a season (2008–09) – 528 shots
Most shots on goal by a rookie in a season (2005–06) – 425 shots
Point streak in consecutive games to start an NHL career by a No. 1 overall pick (2005–06) – 8 games
Most regular season points by a Russian-born NHL rookie (2005–06) – 106 points
Fastest overtime goal – 6 seconds; (December 15, 2006 vs. Atlanta Thrashers; tied with Mats Sundin and David Legwand)
Only player to be named to both the NHL First and Second All-Star Teams in the same season: 2012–13
Washington Capitals records:
Most seasons with 50 or more goals – 6 (2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15)
Most shots on goal in a season – 528 (2008–09)
Most goals in a season (2007–08) – 65 goals
Most power play goals – 176 (April 12, 2015)
Most power play goals in a season (2014–15) – 25 PP goals
Most career overtime goals – 15 OT goals
Most career penalty shots attempted – 10 shots (most recent on March 7, 2015)
Most goals in a season by a rookie (2005–06) – 52 goals
Most points in a season by a rookie (2005–06) – 106 points
Point streak by a rookie – 11 games (17 points; 5 goals, 12 assists), March 18 – April 7, 2006
Point streak by a rookie to start season – 8 games
Goal streak by a rookie – 7 games, February 10 – March 8, 2006
Most career hat tricks – 13 (tie with Peter Bondra; last December 10, 2013)
Most career goals - 475
Most career points - 895