Alex Ovechkin to Represent Capitals in NHL All-Star Game
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – January 11, 2008 – Left wing Alex Ovechkin will represent the Washington Capitals in the NHL All-Star Game for the second consecutive year, as he has been named to the Eastern Conference roster for the 2008 event to be held Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, NHL Radio).
Ovechkin, a 22-year-old native of Moscow, Russia, signed a 13-year contract extension with the Capitals yesterday. He will become the 11th player to represent the Capitals in multiple NHL All-Star Games. He made his first appearance last season, when he was voted into the starting lineup by the fans, and scored a goal in the game in Dallas. There was no All-Star Game during Ovechkin’s rookie season due to the NHL’s participation in the 2006 Winter Olympics.
This season Ovechkin ranks tied for second in the NHL in goals (32) and leads the league in both power-play goals (13) and shots on goal (229). He is tied for ninth in the league in points (52) and tied for 10th in hits (116) and leads the Capitals in plus/minus rating (+6). He has at least a point in 16 of the Capitals’ 18 victories and has not gone more than two games without a goal all season.
Ovechkin shares the NHL lead in goals in the three years since he entered the league (130) and is the only player in more than a half-century to be named to the NHL First All-Star Team in his first two full seasons. He has led the Capitals in goals and points in each of his three seasons with the team. He reached 100 career points in 77 games and 100 career goals in 167 games, both the fastest of any active player. Ovechkin is the first Capital since Dale Hunter (1987-90) to record 50-plus points in each of his first three seasons with the team and the fourth Capital all-time to record three straight 30-goal seasons. He already stands 16th in club history with 130 career goals and 25th with 250 career points in 206 games.
Ovechkin was the Capitals’ first choice, first overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the team in 2005-06 and was the landslide winner of the NHL’s Calder Trophy that season as the league’s rookie of the year, earning 124 of a possible 129 first-place votes. He was a member of the NHL First All-Star Team as a rookie and again in 2006-07, becoming the first player since Detroit Red Wings goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 1950-51 and 1951-52 to earn first-team honors in each of his first two full seasons in the league.