Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ovie for Hart?


In what could be a hint at the eventual Hart Trophy winner for NHL MVP, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been named Sporting News' Player of the Year, as 147 of his 292 peers have voted for the award.

The dynamic Russian scored a league-leading 56 goals in 2008/09 and has recorded three seasons of 50-plus goals in his first four years in the National Hockey League. The only other players to have accomplished that feat are Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy.

The player affectionately known as "Ovy" also finished the regular season with 528 shots, which is 156 more than the next highest total from a player.

“When he's got the puck, you have to make sure you're ready because he's going to fire away and he's going to fire away quick,” said Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. “He's dangerous with his shot from anywhere in the zone. There are not a lot of guys who can score from anywhere.”

Ovechkin finished the season with 110 points.

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