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Alex Ovechkin Repeats as D.C. Sportsman of the Year

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, VA. – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin was honored for the second consecutive year as D.C. Sportsman of the Year at SneakerBall VI, held Tuesday night at the National Building Museum in downtown Washington, D.C. The Capitals took home two more awards as well, with vice president and general manager George McPhee named sports executive of the year and Ovechkin earning the award for best play for his playoff goal against the New York Rangers.

Last season, Ovechkin led the league in goals (56) for the second year in a row, earning the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, as well as the Hart Trophy (media vote) and Lester B. Pearson Award (players’ vote) as the league’s most valuable player. He became the league’s first back-to-back MVP since Dominik Hasek in 1997 and ’98. Ovechkin led the league in points per game (1.39), shots (528) and power-play points (46). His 110 points in 79 games ranked second in the league, and his goal total was 10 more than any other player. 

McPhee was honored in a fan vote for sports executive of the year after leading the Capitals to their second consecutive Southeast Division championship and their first playoff series victory since 1998. 

Ovechkin won play of the year for his playoff goal against the Rangers in which he maneuvered around two players and scored with another taking him down to the ice. Among the other plays nominated was Ovechkin’s regular-season goal against the Montreal Canadiens and Semyon Varlamov’s sprawling save against Sidney Crosby in the playoffs. 

SneakerBall is the only black tie and sneakers gala that annually celebrates the best of sports in the Greater Washington, D.C., region. The event is organized to benefit the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation, which is made up of six local charities and creates avenues for corporate philanthropy to enhance the region's youth sports programs and facilities. 

SneakerBall is one of Washington, D.C.'s signature galas, held at the National Building Museum with over 1,000 attendees, more than 50 professional athletes and Olympians, the Greater Washington sports franchise ownership groups, leaders of the region's business community and the Sports Alliance’s charitable partners. Joining Ovechkin and McPhee in attendance Tuesday night were Capitals Eric Fehr, Mike Green, Brooks Laich and Shaone Morrisonn.

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