Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin has signed a contract to play with Dynamo Moscow of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League during the lockout, the team announced Wednesday.
Ovechkin played 153 games for Dynamo Moscow from 2001-05 prior to starting his National Hockey League career. He made his professional debut for the club when he was 16 years old.
After Washington selected Ovechkin with the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, he returned to Dynamo Moscow and had 26 points in 37 games in 2004-05 to help the team win the Russian Super League championship.
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.
— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday