Washington Capitals: New Fan Guide to 2015-2016 (Part 1)

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Alex Ovechkin – #8


Position: Left Wing/Right Wing

One of the greatest players to ever play the game, Alex Ovechkin is difficult to summarize other than to say that he’s absolutely incredible. With six 50+ goal seasons and a cabinet full of awards, he’s our ace and team captain. He’s easy to pick out on the ice with his distinctive skating style and bright yellow skate laces. There are a lot of good reasons that he’s simply known as the “Great Eight”.

 SEE ALSO: Ovechkin 2014-2015 Season Review

Ovi is a highlight reel producing machine. Extremely durable and amazingly tough, Ovechkin plays a hard, fast and physical game that’s hard not to be enamored by instantly. He recently turned 30 years old and is more determined than ever to bring the Stanley Cup to Washington.

Away from the ice, he’s charismatic and larger-than-life in every aspect. His Twitter account (@ovi8) is absolutely ridiculous (in a good way) and last season we got a pretty good look at his soft side, where he worked with local special needs charities and participated in a slew of fan appreciation events. He’s been repeatedly painted as a “villain type” by the major media outlets, but Caps fans know this all to be hogwash. Ovechkin is an amazing hockey player. It’s telling that he might be an even more amazing person.

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