WCHA First All-Star Team (2010) NCAA West First All-American Team (2010) Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player) (2010)
Traded to Montreal by Nashville with Robert Slaney and Nashville's 2nd round choice (Dalton Thrower) in 2012 Entry Draft for Hal Gill and Montreal's 5th round choice (later traded back to Montreal, later traded to Los Angeles Los Angeles selected Patrik Bartosak) in 2013 Entry Draft, February 17. 2012. Missed remander of 2012-13 due to depressed skull fracture vs. Syracuse, November 9, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, July 15, 2013.
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