Alex Ovechkin plays forward for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey Leagues . He is one of the top ice hockey players and goal scorers in the world. Alex has won the Hart Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player (MVP) two times. Some of the most amazing and creative goals in hockey history have been made by Ovechkin. Alex is 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 225 pounds, and wears the number 8.
Where did Alex Ovechkin grow up?
Alex Ovechkin was born in Moscow, Russia on September 17, 1985. He grew up in Russia with an athletic family as the middle child between two brothers. His dad was a professional soccer player, his mom was an Olympic Gold Medalist in basketball, and his older brother was a championship wrestler. At a young age Alex picked hockey as his sport. He loved playing it and watching it on TV at an early age. He soon became a star in the Moscow youth hockey Dynamo league.
Ovechkin in the NHL
Alex was drafted as the number 1 overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft. He didn't get to play right away, however, because that year there was a player lockout and the season was cancelled. He stayed in Russia and played another year for the Dynamo.
The next year the NHL was back and Ovechkin was ready for his rookie season. Due to the lockout, there was another celebrated rookie and number one pick entering the league as well. This was Sidney Crosby. Alex outscored Sidney on the year with 106 points and beat out Sidney for the NHL Rookie of the Year Award. He also made the All-Star team his rookie year.
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