The son of well-known Soviet age-sportsmen, Alex Ovechkin was born on September 17, 1985, in Moscow. He is the son of well known Soviet-age sportsmen. His mom, Tatyana, excelled at basketball and was a two time Olympic gold medalist. Ovechkin’s youth was shaped by modesty. Not long after his arrival, he moved along with his family to the outskirts of Moscow, making a house in a tall high rise building which was surrounded by a crumbling area. To escape his environment and demanding public school, Ovechkin turned to ice hockey, pouring everything he had into the sport.
From the age of 16, Ovechkin had started playing together with the Moscow Dynamo, a professional Russian team. A year after, he became the youngest member of Russia’s national team. Spurred to escape a Russian life that had already promised his older brother, who perished in an automobile crash, and was consuming his buddies many having become addicted to drugs Ovechkin dreamed of playing in the NHL. In his bedroom, he carefully stashed away the cards of several players, including his idol, Mario Lemieux.
Considered a ice hockey phenom in his native state, Ovechkin shortly earned the praise of NHL scouts. As his game took off, his self-confidence soared. At the 2002 Under-18 World Championships in Slovakia, the youthful forward led the tournament with 14 goals in only eight matches. “It is the most effective ice hockey there’s,” Ovechkin said of the NHL. “And that I believe I am able to play there, wherever I am drafted.”
In the past few years since, the Russian star has just stepped up his authority to turned into one the NHL’s most volatile and dreaded scorers. The next season, Ovechkin won the Hart for the second (consecutive) time. He earned a third MVP honor after the 2012-13 season.
Along with his NHL career, Ovechkin was a vital person in two Russian Olympic squads, in 2006 and 2010. Scheduled to play in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Ovechkin was delegated as the official ambassador because of his home country. As the nation’s most well-known winter sportsman, he kicked off the running of the 2014 Olympic torch in Olympia, Greece.