Washington, D.C. – December 23, 2005 – The International Ice Hockey Federation announced today that Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH-kihn) was named to Team Russia for the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
The 6’2”, 216-pound Moscow, Russia, native leads all NHL rookies in points with 38 (19-19-38), goals (19), power-play points (18), shootout game-deciding goals (three) and shots (159). He is also tied for first among rookies in assists (19), power-play goals (nine) and power-play assists (nine). He has scored 19 of the Capitals’ 88 goals (an NHL high 21.6%) and has at least a point in 24 of the 32 games. He stands tied for 18th in the NHL in points, tied for eighth in goals, first in shootout goals (five), first in shootout game-deciding goals, tied for ninth in power-play goals and second in shots.
Ovechkin will join Capitals teammates Olie Kolzig (Germany) and Ivan Majesky (Slovakia) at the Winter Olympics. Ovechkin’s mother, Tatiana, was a two-time Olympic basketball champion for Russia (1976, ’80).
The first-round, first overall choice in the 2004 Entry Draft has represented Russia twice at the World Championships notching a total of six goals and four assists (10 points) in 14 games. He had one goal in the two games in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He has also played in the World Junior Championships three times (2003, 2004 and 2005) and led Russia to the gold medal in 2003. In 2002, he appeared in eight games for Russia in the World Under-18 Championship, scoring 14 goals and four assists (18 points).