Who is Alex Oveckin in hockey?

Alex Oveckin

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An electrifying whirlwind of size, speed, strength and sheer skill, Alex Ovechkin, currently the left wing for the Washington Capitals, is widely regarded as one of the most powerful goal-scorers in modern hockey history.

To date, he has played an astounding total of 1003 NHL games since 2005 and has scored 1,122 points, with 102 game-winning goals and 22 overtime goals. Furthermore, on March 12, 2018, Ovechkin scored his 600th career goal, becoming the 20th player to ever reach this a feat, and the 4th scorer to do so in less than 1000 games.

Teams always have their top pairing out against [Ovechkin]," former Capitals teammate Michael Latta told The Washington Post. "Anytime you get that combination of scoring ability and physical presence, it's scary. He'll flatten you and a lot of the time give you a minus, too.

However, Ovechkin is perhaps most famous for the legendary goal he had scored during his very first NHL season - The Goal.

During a game played against the Phoenix Coyotes, Ovechkin, knocked down and skidding on his back facing away from the net, somehow managed to gain control of the puck - with only one hand on his stick - and scored backhanded.

It's no surprise that this moment has since become immortalized for the hockey history books.

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