Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was one of the three players selected to the Russian Olympic Committee’s initial roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Ovechkin will be joined by Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevski and forward Nikita Kucherov.
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ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was one of the three players selected to the Russian Olympic Committee’s initial roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Ovechkin will be joined by Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevski and forward Nikita Kucherov.
Ovechkin, 36, will represent Russia in the Olympics for the fourth time in his career (2006, 2010, 2014). The 6’3”, 238-pound forward earned all-tournament honors at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, and tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in four games at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. The son of a two-time women’s basketball gold medalist with the USSR, Ovechkin has represented Russia in three World Junior Championships (2003, 2004, 2005), 13 World Championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019) and two World Cups of Hockey (2004 and 2016). In total, Ovechkin has won three gold, two silver and four bronze medals at the World Championships, a gold and a silver at the World Junior Championships and a silver and bronze medal at the World U-18 Championships. In 106 International games at the senior level for Russia, Ovechkin has 79 points (45g, 34a).
Among Russian-born players, Ovechkin is the NHL’s all-time leader in goals (730), points (1,320), power play goals (269), power play points (499), overtime goals (24), game-winning goals (116) and ranks seventh in assists (590). Ovechkin led Washington to the 2018 Stanley Cup, captured his first Conn Smythe Trophy and became the first Russian player to captain a Stanley Cup champion. In his career, Ovechkin has won a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Calder Trophy, an Art Ross Trophy, three Hart Memorial Trophies, three Ted Lindsay Awards and eight Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophies. He is the only player in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe, a Calder, an Art Ross, a Hart, a Ted Lindsay and a Maurice Richard Trophy.