The 'First' Fan of Alex Ovechkin

----- -----------Correspondent IJuly 8, 2009

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 18:  Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals accepts the Hart Memorial Trophy during the 2009 NHL Awards at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on June 18, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for NHL)

Hey Alex, you might want to give this fan an autograph.. Just make it out to The President of the United States. 

President Obama, an avid basketball fan, has to focus on the economy, jobs, relations with other countries and about 10 million other things, but one Russian superstar didn't escape his attention; Alex Ovechkin.

Mr. Obama had the following to say; "As a resident of Washington, D.C., I continue to benefit from the contributions of Russians, specifically, from Alexander Ovechkin. I'm very pleased to have him in Washington, D.C."

As Ovechkin continues to excel in the National Hockey League, winning his second Hart Trophy in as many years and his recent success in the Playoffs making it to the second round, Ovechkin has been grabbing the attention on even the international level. 

Obviously, he is going to try to bring home the gold for his native Russia in 2010 in Vancouver, but as the organizers for the 2014 games in Sochi, he may be their "official ambassador". 

"The announcement of his role with Sochi coincided with celebrations marking the two-year anniversary since the Black Sea resort was awarded the Games." says an article.

The praise from the American President comes as no surprise, as Alex Ovechkin continuously dazzles and amazes fans, sometimes to their frustration.

Between his antics and controversy of his celebrations after goals or his feud with Evgeni Malkin, Ovechkin has clearly become one of the league's most coveted assets, drawing in huge fans and excitement no matter which team he plays.