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.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie