“Capitals” Star Alex Ovechkin Has Become a Father
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 20, 2018
Alexander Ovechkin, Russian forward of the Stanley Cup winning Washington Capitals, has become a father for the first time. His wife, Anastasia, gave birth to Alex’s son, Sergey on August 18.
The proud parents each shared the news on Instagram with a picture of Sergei's tiny foot. Alex's post had a message that translates to, "Thank you, my girl, for the best day in my life!!!!".Anastasia marked the occasion with hash tags that translate to, "#welcometothisworld #ourbaby."
Ovechkin is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players of the modern NHL. Prior to entering the league, Ovechkin played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague for four seasons, from 2001 until 2005, and returned to play for them briefly during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
A highly touted prospect, Ovechkin was selected by the Capitals first overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. With the 2004–05 NHL lockout cancelling the season, Ovechkin remained in Russia until 2005, joining the Capitals for the 2005–06 season. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, scoring 52 goals and 54 assists to lead all rookies with 106 points and finishing third overall in league scoring.
After a couple years of decreased scoring, Ovechkin again led the league in goals, earning the Richard Trophy, in 2013, and again winning the Hart Trophy. He would repeat as the Richard Trophy winner from 2014 to 2016, scoring at least 50 goals each season, as well as becoming the third player to score 50 goals in a season seven times. He marked 500 career NHL goals in the 2015–16 season and also led the league in goals for four straight seasons from 2012–13 to 2015–16; as such, Ovechkin is considered by many to be one of the greatest goal scorers in the history of the NHL.
In 2017, Ovechkin was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players of all-time.
Ovechkin won his first Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018 over the Vegas Golden Knights, also winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Alex famously showed a whole range of emotions during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It's safe to say there will be a whole lot more now that he's a dad.