Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin to Represent Russia in 2011 IIHF World Championship
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have announced that captain Alex Ovechkin will represent Russia at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, beginning on April 29 to May 15.
Ovechkin, 25, led the Capitals in scoring during the 2010-11 season with 85 points (32 goals, 53 assists) in 79 games. He finished first on the team in goals, assists, hits (241) and tied for first in plus/minus (+24). He became the first player in NHL history to lead the league in shots (367) six times (since the stat was first kept in 1967-68) and tied for the league lead in game-winning goals (11). Ovechkin scored his 300th career NHL goal on Apr. 5 in Toronto and became the sixth-youngest player to reach 300 goals (25 years, 200 days) and the seventh-quickest player to reach 300 goals in terms of games played (473). He also led the Capitals with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in nine playoff games. In his career, he has 50 points (25 goals, 25 assists) in 37 postseason games, surpassing Kevin Hatcher for eighth on the all-time Caps points list this year. His 25 playoff goals are tied with Dale Hunter for second all-time in Capitals history, behind Peter Bondra (30).
The 6’2”, 234-pound Moscow native will be making his seventh appearance in the World Championship, having tallied 40 points (24 goals, 16 assists) in 47 games. Ovechkin helped Russia win the silver medal last year in Germany and led his country to a gold medal during the 2008 tournament in Canada. Ovechkin has appeared in three World Junior Championships (2003, 2004, 2005), the World Cup of Hockey (2004) and the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.
Russia’s next game will be on Sunday, May 8, versus the Czech Republic.