With a two-time Olympic medalist with the U.S.S.R. women’s basketball team for a mother, and a former pro soccer player for a father, Alexander Ovechkin
likely didn’t raise many eyebrows at the dinner table when he made his pro debut in the Russian Superleague with Dynamo Moscow at the age of 16 back in 2001.
That may have changed when he was selected by the Washington Capitals as the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NH L Draft. If that still wasn’t enough, perhaps his two
subsequent NHL MVP trophies were. Regardless, Ovechkin is still in pursuit of the ultimate prize—the Stanley Cup. And maybe a heartfelt pat on the back, too.