8 Reasons Why Alexander Ovechkin Is the Greatest Hockey Player in the World

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8 Reasons Why Alexander Ovechkin Is the Greatest Hockey Player in the World
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There's a lot of talk among hockey fans these days about who the best player is. Who is the best player in the NHL? Who is the best hockey player in the world? Who's better, Crosby or Ovechkin? With Stamkos now on the scene, does he join the conversation? Corey Perry just had a 50-goal season as the league MVP. What about the legends of hockey like Gretzky and Orr—how do these new players measure up to them?

Well, I have some answers. Alex Ovechkin, the Great Eight, is the best player in the world. While he wasn't around in hockey's early days to revolutionize the game like Orr and Gretzky did; while he doesn't have the wins on the big stage like Sidney Crosby does; while he's not as new and flashy (anymore) as Steven Stamkos, Ovie is the best player in the world.

To be up front, if you are looking for an article bashing Sidney Crosby, this is not a good read for you. Crosby is an incredible player—certainly one of the best the world has ever seen. Sure, a lot of people have problems with his attitude and a purported lack of sportsmanship and respect for the game and other players—I can be counted among them—but he is an incredibly skilled player.

Whether or not you like his attitude, you have to admire his work ethic with which he turns his world-class raw talent into world-class production and winning game play.

Crosby is a great player—there's no doubt about it—but Ovechkin is far better and here's why.

In honor of the Great Eight, here are eight reasons why he's the best.

Let me explain something about this slideshow—I'm not going to use statistical analyses or go on-and-on talking about what trophies and honors Ovechkin has won versus what trophies and honors Crosby has won. I don't care who has won what, and I definitely don't care about statistical analyses (right now, at least). 

Those things have a time and place, but I think we are all sick and tired of that age old debate over great players' statistical performances.

Instead of writing just another article of the type of which we are all sick, I'm going to refresh you. I'm not going to tell you why Ovechkin is the greatest player alive as much as I'm going to show you why he is the greatest.

In each of the following slides, I will write about one of Ovechkin's qualities that make him great. Each of these qualities will be accompanied by one of his highlight reel goals that showcases that particular quality. 

So, let's begin. I advise you run and grab a box of tissues right now, as this may leave you drooling and even crying over the sheer beauty of what you are about to witness.

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