Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey left winger and the captain of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals (NHL). Moreover, Alex Ovechkin is one of hockey’s most successful goal scorers and has won the NHL’s Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP multiple times.
Table of Biography
Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin best known as Alexander Ovechkin was born on 17th September 1985, in Moscow, Russia. As of now, he is 36 years old and he is a citizen of Russia. Moreover, he has a birth sign of Virgo and his nickname is Alex. In addition, he is the son of Mikhail Ovechkina (father) and Tatyana Ovechkina (mother). He has two elder brothers whose names are Sergei and Mikhail. Sadly, when he was 8 years old, his brother Sergei lost his life in a car accident at the age of 24.
Talking about his academic career, there is no information regarding his academic qualification. We may assume that he might have completed his graduation from a well-known University of America.
Alexander made his professional debut at the age of 16 with Dynamo Moscow. He scored 32 goals in three seasons with Dynamo Moscow before being picked by the NHL. In 2001-02, he appeared in 21 games and scored four points. For the 2004 NHL season, he was drafted by the Washington Capitals. Due to the 2004-05 lockout, he had to return to Dynamo Moscow for one more season. As a result, he was putting off his debut season. He appeared in 37 games and scored 27 points in 2004-05. He was also the youngest player in the history of Russia’s national team.
With the Washington Capitals, he made his NHL debut. His achievements were recognized, and he was named ‘Rookie of the Year.’ He won his first Hart Memorial Trophy in 2007-08, and then his second Hart Memorial Trophy in a row in 2008-09. He was the first NHL player to achieve 60 goals in a season in 2008. In addition, he has also broken numerous records, including the Washington Capitals’ single-season goal record, the most goals by a left-winger, and the NHL’s first player to score 40 goals in a season.
He was suspended for two games for the first time by the NHL. This cost him $98,844 in compensation in the end. He was chosen captain of the Washington Capitals in 2010. He is not only the second-youngest player in team history to be named captain, but he is also the first European to do so. Alex, on the other hand, has nearly 700 goals in 1,152 games, as well as three Hart Trophies, a Stanley Cup, and 12 All-Star appearances.
His passion for ice hockey contributed to the Capitals’ Stanley Cup victory. It was only the second time since 1998 that the team had won. He also earned the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given to the most valuable player in the league. He became the first Capitals player to play 1,000 games in April of 2018. Against the ‘Pittsburgh Penguins,’ he played his thousandth game.
Awards and Net Worth
The Calder Memorial Trophy for best rookie of the year (2006) and the ‘Hart Memorial Trophy’ as ‘MVP’ (2008, 2009, and 2013) are two of his most significant awards. He was the seven-time winner of the “Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. The trophy gives to the player who scores the most goals. For three years in a row, he got the ‘Lester B Pearson Award,’ also known as the ‘Ted Lindsay Award,’ given to the most outstanding player: in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
In 2008, he was awarded the ‘Art Ross Trophy’ for being the ‘Scoring Leader.’ In 2018, he was awarded the ‘Prince of Wales Trophy,’ as well as the ‘Kharlamov Trophy,’ which he won seven times. In recognition of his contributions to sports, asteroid 257261 Ovechkin was named after him. ‘Ride of Fame’ honored him with a sightseeing bus in Washington, DC.
Talking about his net worth, his net worth estimates at around $60 million. In 2020, Wealthy Gorilla ranked him fifth among the richest hockey players.
In 2016, Alexander married Nastya Shubskaya. The couple first met at the Summer Olympics 2008, held in Beijing, and started a friendship. Nastya is a professional model and is the daughter of the famous Vera Glagoleva. The couple has two sons whose names are Sergei (names to honor his eldest brother) and Ilya. Alexander is not a part of controversy or rumor to this day and is focused on his career.
Body measurements and Social media
This ice hockey player is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 107 kg. Moreover, he has salt-grey hair with light green eyes color and there is no information regarding his other body measurements.
On his Instagram, there are more than 1.6 million followers. Likewise, there are more than 2.5 million on Twitter and he is not active on Facebook.