Alex Ovechkin was sharing the love with everyone in the Washington Capitals organization during a Sunday morning conference call in the wake of Saturday night's announcement he had won the third Hart Trophy of his illustrious career.
While he made sure to give credit to his teammates, general manager George McPhee and the Washington training staff, there was one person Ovechkin kept coming back to when handing out praise.
That was first-year Capitals coach Adam Oates, who made the decision to switch Ovechkin from his traditional position of left wing over to the right side, and in doing so perhaps rejuvenated the career of the four-time 50-goal scorer.
"I feel back on track, especially with him," Ovechkin said of Oates. "Last night I call him, he was almost the first person I called, after my family, of course, and then George. I call Adam and I say, 'Thank you very much.' I'm just happy because it means a lot to me."