Traded to San Jose by Colorado for Colorado's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Colorado selected Brad Richardson) in 2003 Entry Draft, June 21, 2003. Missed majority of 2005-06 due to facial (pre-season) and head (November 21, 2005 at Edmonton) injuries. Traded to Colorado by San Jose for Colorado's 6th round choice (later traded back to Colorado - Colorado selected Jonas Holos) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 27, 2007. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to back and ankle injuries. Missed majority of 2007-08 as a healthy reserve. Officially announced his retirement, September 7, 2009.
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals