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Alex Ovechkin
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Alex Ovechkin  #8

NUMBER: 8 BIRTHDATE: September 17, 1985  (AGE 29)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia
WEIGHT: 230 DRAFTED: WSH / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
Ovechkin will be making his second Olympic appearance after being named to the tournament All-Star team as Russia finished fourth in 2006 – he finished tied for third in tournament scoring with five goals. He has represented Russia in three World Junior Championships, five World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

In his fifth World Championship, he helped Russia to a gold medal in 2008, tying for the team lead with six goals and assisted on Ilya Kovalchuk's gold-medal-winning goal in overtime (Russia defeated Canada 5-4).

He won his first international gold medal in 2003 at the World Junior Championship, also defeating Canada in the gold medal game.  He played   alongside fellow 2010 Olympians Fedor Tyutin and Denis Grebeshkov.

His mom, Tatyana, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, competing in basketball (1976 and 1980) for the Soviet Union.

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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
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