– with fists clenched and mouth agape in a celebratory scream – will grace the cover of 2K Sports’ NHL2K10 video game. The image captures Ovechkin in the Capitals’ road white uniforms moments after one of his league-leading 56 goals in 2008-09.
Ovechkin is a video game buff who has appeared on the cover of two hockey games before. Reached in Russia on Friday by phone, he was excited about the cover image and looking forward to next week’s trip to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards Show.
Ovechkin, who is nominated for the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award, will make his first appearance of the week in Las Vegas at a 2K Sports event.
Ovechkin will be participating in the company’s first public outdoor hockey motion capture session Tuesday night at Caesars Palace from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. PT. Joining Ovechkin on the “ice” – a synthetic plastic sheet – will be Vancouver Canucks center and 2009 Selke Trophy finalist, Ryan Kesler, along with play-by-play commentator for the San Jose Sharks, Randy Hahn.
The event is free and open to the public to watch. 2K Sports' game producers will put Ovechkin through a number of dynamic drills to capture his signature style data for NHL 2K10.