No. 1 overall pick arrives in D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 31, 2005 - The Washington Capitals have signed left wing Alexander Ovechkin, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ovechkin, 19, had agreed to terms with the Capitals on Aug. 5 and signed his contract upon arrival in Washington, D.C., today.
Last season Ovechkin, 19, played 37 games for Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League, recording 13 goals and 13 assists while helping his team to a league championship. Despite missing 23 games while competing in tournaments and recovering from injury, he still ranked among team leaders in goals, assists and points. In 10 playoff games with Dynamo, he tallied two goals and four assists, tying for third on the team in points with six.
The 6'2", 212-pound Moscow native also represented Russia in several international tournaments during the 2004-05 season, including the World Cup of Hockey, World Championship and World Junior Championship. At the 2005 World Championship in Austria, Ovechkin led the team in goals (5), points (8) and game-winning goals (2) while leading Russia to a third-place finish. During the 2005 World Junior Championship in North Dakota he was named the tournament's top forward. Appearing in six games, he led Russia in goals (7), points (11) and shots (29), helping the team to a second-place finish.
In four seasons with Dynamo Moscow, he has appeared in 152 Russian Super League games, totaling 36 goals and 32 assists for 68 points. He has also appeared in numerous other international tournaments, including the 2003 World Junior Championship, where he won a gold medal with Russia. On July 20 Ovechkin declared he was opting out of his Russian contract with Avangard Omsk in order to join the Capitals.
Position: Left Wing
Birthday: Sept. 17, 1985 (Moscow, Russia)
Height: 6-2 Weight: 212 Shoots: Right
Acquired: Capitals' first-round choice, first overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft