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 don't have a crystal ball. Predicting is a real complicated thing. If we stay healthy, have enough depth and get the good goaltending we think we're going to have, you can go all the way. But a lot of things have to happen. There's going to be a lot of teams that think the same thing. Everyone made deals. We're all are optimistic about where we'll end up.
— Rangers general manager Glen Sather after being asked if he's constructed a team that can win the Stanley Cup before their 4-1 win against the Predators on Monday