Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin (born 17 September 1985) is a Russian professional ice hockey left winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nicknamed "Ovi" (alternatively spelled "Ovie") and "the Great Eight", Ovechkin is widely considered to be one of the greatest goal scorers of all time.

Ovechkin began his professional career with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague. In the 2005–06 NHL season, Ovechkin's first with the Capitals, he scored 52 goals and 54 assists to lead all rookies in points, capturing the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year and finishing third overall in league scoring.

He has won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's leading goal scorer. In 2017, Ovechkin was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players of all time. After ten playoff runs with the Washington Capitals, Ovechkin won his first Stanley Cup in 2018 over the Vegas Golden Knights, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy for most valuable player in the 2018 playoffs. In 2020, Ovechkin scored his 700th career NHL goal, the eighth player to reach that mark.

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