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Alexander Ovechkin

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Colloquially known as Alexander the Great or Alexander the GR8, AO, O-V-1, Alex the Eight, and Ovi and was born September 17, 1985 in Moscow, Russia. This professional ice hockey player was the No. 1 draft pick of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, going to the Washington Capitals. Due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he began play in the 2005-06 season where he won the NHL’s Calder Memorial trophy for Rookie of the Year. In January 2008, he signed a thirteen-year contract extension worth $124 million with the Capitals, the most lucrative contract in NHL history. During the 2007-08 season he led the NHL with 65 goals and 112 points to capture the Rocket Richard and Art Ross Trophies. That season he also won the Lester B. Pearson Award as the top player voted by the NHL Players’ Association and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s MVP. He is the only player to win all four awards since the Rocket Richard trophy’s inception in 1999. Kisses his glove and pumps his fist after each goal in tribute to older brother Sergei, who died in a car accident when Ovechkin was a teenager.