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Career Accomplishments: The first overall pick in the 2004 draft, Ovechkin has a long list of personal achievements.
He won the Calder Trophy over Sidney Crosby as the top rookie of 2005-06. He's a three-time winner of the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Trophy, both awarded to the league's MVP. He's also a three-time Maurice Richard winner as the NHL's leading goal-scorer and won the Art Ross as the league's overall leading scorer in 2007-08.
Stanley Cup success has eluded Ovechkin, however; he has yet to even reach the Eastern Conference Final with the Washington Capitals.
On the international stage, Ovechkin has gold and silver medals from three World Juniors and two bronzes, two silvers and a gold in nine World Championship appearances. He'll play in his third Olympics in Sochi.
By the Numbers: Ovechkin has four 100-plus point seasons in his eight complete NHL campaigns. He has also scored 50 goals or more four times and is currently leading the league with 35 goals in 47 games. Overall, Ovechkin has 784 points in 648 NHL games and 46 points in 56 games at the World Championships.
Why He's Here: Ovechkin can try to be humble, but he's the face of Team Russia on both sides of the ocean. Datsyuk may be captain, but Ovechkin was selected to be Russia's first torchbearer to start the Olympic relay out of Greece last summer. He's also charming the U.S. media as he makes his rounds. If Russia is going to deliver the gold on its home soil, Ovechkin will need to be the one to lead the way.