Alexander Mikhailovitch Ovechkin (in Russian: Александр Михайлович Овечкин) (b. September 17th 1985 in Moscow, Russia) is a professional left winger who plays in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals.
Drafted first overall by the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft from the Dynamo Moscow, Ovechkin became only the second Russian player to be drafted first overall in an NHL Entry Draft, the first being Ilya Kovalchuk by the Atlanta Thrashers. He made his NHL debuts on October 5th 2005, scoring twice in a 3-2 win of the Caps over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He finished his rookie season with 52 goals and 106 points, the third best all-time numbers for a rookie, a performance that resulted in the Calder Memorial Trophy for Ovechkin, thus beating Sidney Crosby in the race both players were engaged in for the prestigious trophy awarded to the best rookie of the season.
On January 10th 2008, Ovechkin signed a much controversial 13 years contract extension worth $124 million with the Capitals. Averaging $9.5 million per year, Ovechkin now boasts the richest contract in NHL history.