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.
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk