The storied career of Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin becomes more and more impressive every time he takes the ice. After being selected with the number one overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft has, Ovechkin played his rookie season in the Nation’s Capital when he was just 20 years old and instantly took the hockey world by storm. Since then, the player often referred to as “Ovi” or “The Great Eight” by fans has established himself as arguably the greatest Russian to grace the league in just 10 short seasons.
At the peak of his career, Alex Ovechkin’s trophy case is already crowded and will certainly be even more jam packed by the time the Capitals star hangs up his skates. The most talented player in Capitals history has been named to either the First or Second NHL All-Star Team in all but just one of his seasons in professional hockey. If there is a major piece of hardware given out during the postseason NHL Awards, chances are Ovechkin has won it. Throughout his tenure in D.C., the future Hall of Famer has taken home the Calder Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, three Hart Memorial Trophies, and four Rocket Richard Trophies. In addition to his many individual feats, Ovechkin single handedly turned the Washington Capitals franchise into a perennial winner. Since 2007, Washington has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs on six occasions, winning the division five of those times. With Ovechkin on the ice in the Verizon Center, there is no doubt that the Caps will once again return to the Stanley Cup Finals in the near future.
The 2014-15 NHL season has been no exception to the legacy of “The Great Eight”. Through March 13, Alex Ovechkin racked up 45 goals, which puts him on pace to take home a fifth Rocket Richard Trophy. There is also a very good chance that Ovechkin could take home the Art Ross Trophy one again this year, considering he is only two points shy of leading the league in overall scoring with 14 regular season games to be played. To put Ovechkin’s jaw-dropping numbers into perspective, he has 45 goals and 70 points, while the league average is 6.4 goals and 17.5 points. The 29-year old left winger has already established himself as one of the NHL’s biggest superstars, but can cement his legacy as an all-time great by continuing the success off his incredible 2014-15 campaign and what would be his first Stanley Cup title.
With Ovechkin on pace to potentially sweep the NHL Postseason Awards, there is no better time to take home a piece of sports memorabilia autographed by the Washington Capitals superstar. For all things Ovi, be sure to visit our selection of exclusive autographed Alexander Ovechkin memorabilia, where all hockey fans and sports collectors will find authentic, hand signed items from All-Star Games, the Winter Classic, and more.