Alex Ovechkin’s leadership is finally being recognized by the league. A season after doing a bunch of incredible things, Ovechkin has been named a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. Cited in the Capitals press release is Ovechkin’s huge impact on Special Hockey over the last year, which we exclusively reported during the All-Star break. The Russian machine was also named one of the “Washingtonians of the Year” by Washingtonian Magazine.
Ovechkin will join Braden Holtby in Las Vegas who was also named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.