|DRAFTED:||WSH: 2004-1 overall|
|* Leads the league in goals, points, plus/minus and shots; tied for third in takeaways and in hits (entering Tuesday's games)
* Has set the Caps record for points in a playoff season and has the best plus/minus in Caps playoff history
* Has at least a point in every game this series (7g-6a in 6 GP)
* Has goals in seven of the last 10 games (10g in that time)
* Recorded three points in Games 2, 5 and 6, including his first career playoff hat trick in Game 2
|The first player in more than a decade to win consecutive Hart Trophies (Dominik Hasek, 1997 and ’98) and the first non-goaltender to do it since Wayne Gretzky won eight in a row (1980-87) … The third-youngest player to win consecutive Hart Trophies, trailing only Gretzky and Bobby Orr … Just the second player in league history to be named to the NHL First All-Star Team in each of his first four seasons in the league (MTL goalie Bill Durnan, 1944-47) … Has played in three NHL All-Star Games … Joined Gretzky and Mario Lemieux as the only players to record 200 goals and 200 assists in their first four NHL seasons … Already ranks third in career goal scoring for the Caps; ranks 11th in career points … Only Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy scored more goals in their first four years in the league… Has scored 30 more goals than any other NHLer in the past four seasons … Has three 100-point seasons, one more than the Capitals had in their first 30 seasons… Holds the Capitals record for career overtime goals (7) … Has scored 26 more goals than any other NHLer in the past two seasons … The first player to lead the league in goals in consecutive seasons since Pavel Bure in 1998-99 and 1999-2000… One of only two active players with three 50-goal seasons (Teemu Selanne) and just the third all-time to post three in his first four seasons (Bossy, Gretzky)… One of five players to record 100 points three times in his first four seasons (Gretzky, Lemieux, Dale Hawerchuk, Sidney Crosby) … Has led the NHL in shots in four straight seasons, matching Phil Esposito (1970-71 to 1973-74) for the most seasons in a row … Has had 29 games with 10 or more shots on goal in his career,
more than any other active player.
Repeat winner of the Hart Trophy (player most valuable to his team), the Lester B. Pearson Award (most outstanding player by vote of his peers) and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (most goals) … Earned 115 of 133 first-place Hart Trophy votes … Led the NHL in points per game (1.39) and finished second in points (110)… Led the NHL in goals (56), even-strength goals (36), home goals (34), outsidethe-division goals (40) and empty-net goals (5) … Set a Capitals record with 34 goals at home, improving on his mark of 32 from 2007-08 … Second in the NHL in division goals (16) and tied for second in PPGs (19) and first goals of the game (9)… Had 10 more goals than any other player; he was the only player with 50 or more goals … Tied for third in the NHL in GWGs (10) and overtime goals (3) and was tied for fourth in road goals (22) … Led the league with 46 power-play points, 59 points at home and 42 division points; second with 51 points on the road … Took 528 shots, becoming only the second player in NHL history to take more than 500 shots in a single season (Esposito) … Led the team and ranked ninth in the NHL with 243 hits … Had the most assists of any non-center in the league … Almost half of his goals (26 of 56) came in the third period or OT; led the NHL in thirdperiod goals (24) and points (45) … NHL’s First Star of the Month in November and Third Star in December … NHL’s First Star of the Week on 12/29 and Second Star of the Week on 11/17 … Named the Sporting News’ Player of the Year and its All-NHL team by a vote of league coaches and executives … Named the D.C. Sportsman of the Year by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance for the second year in a row …Won the Espo Award as the most valuable player in the league from Phil Esposito on NHL Home Ice … Won the Kharlamov Trophy for the fourth year in a row as the top Russian player in the NHL … Named the MVP and Best Player for the second straight year by The Hockey News … USA Today’s Clutch Scorer for the third time; voted MVP by a panel of reporters assembled by the paper … Was nominated for two ESPYs (Best NHL Player, Best Play) … Named to his third straight NHL All-Star Game; won the Breakaway Challenge and had a goal and two assists in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game … Won the Capitals’ Three Stars Award for the fourth straight year, earning a Rolex watch from Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers … He and teammate Mike Green (31 goals) led the league for the second straight year in goal scoring overall and by a defenseman … Ranked second on the team and first among NHL forwards with 23:00 of ice time per game … Team was 31-5-4 when he scored a goal and 42-13-6 when he tallied a point … Scored 46 of his 56 goals in Capitals victories … Posted 31 multiple-point games, 13 multiple-goal games and 11 multiple-assist games … Had 11 games where he took 10 or more shots, highlighted by a 13-shot and two-goal performance 12/23 at NYR … Missed two games (10/28—11/1) while visiting his ailing grandfather in Russia … Enjoyed the second best month of his career in November, with 11 goals and 25 points in 15 games … Scored at least one goal and two points in five straight games from 11/10—11/19 (6g-9a) … Had three streaks of 10 consecutive games with a point (11/10—11/28, 11g-11a; 1/27—2/18, 11g-5a; 2/22—3/14, 7g-7a) … Second in the NHL with three hat tricks (11/26 vs. ATL, 2/1 vs. OTT and 2/15 at FLA) … Scored the team’s first goal 13 times and the game’s first goal nine times … Had 105 points in his last 70 games, with points in 57 of those games; had 42-33-75 in his last 53 games … Recorded eight more points than any other player after the All-Star Game (51; Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby each had 43) … Had points in 20 of his last 22 games (14g-21a), including his third 10-game point streak of the season… Posted seven multiple-point games in the season’s last 10 outings (7g-13a) …Registered three assists vs. CAR (11/6) as the Caps won 3-2 … Scored a goal with one second left in regulation to force overtime on 11/15 at NJ … Recorded his first four-point game of the season on 11/19 at ANA (1g-3a) … Had a hat trick and four points (3g-1a) 11/26 vs. ATL; also had four points (2g-2a) 3/27 vs. TB … Scored the GWG with 11 seconds left in overtime on 12/16 at NYI … Had two goals and one assist to help the Caps erase a four-goal deficit to win in OT on 12/23 at NYR …Recorded back-to-back GWGs from 12/26—12/28 and 2/14—2/15 … Scored his first shorthanded goal since 2005-06 on 1/3 vs. NYR … Scored his second overtimegoal of the season at NYI (1/19) … Had his second and third hat trick in February: 2/1 vs. OTT (3g) and 2/15 at FLA (3g) … Recorded his 200th career goal 2/5 vs. LA… Appeared in his 300th NHL game 2/15 at FLA … Posted his 400th career point 3/17 at FLA … Scored his 50th goal in a 5-2 win on 3/19 at TB … Recorded his 200th career assist 4/7 at ATL … Led the team in goals (11) and points (21) in 14 playoff games … Through two rounds of the playoffs, led the NHL in points (tied), shots (90) and plus/minus (+10) … Ranked second in goals through two rounds and finished the playoffs tied for fourth in goals … Had six points (3g-3a) in five games when the Caps faced elimination … Had 13 shots and two assists in Game 1 of the ECQF vs. NYR (4/15) … Recorded his first career playoff hat trick in Game 2 of the ECSF vs. PIT (3g, 5/4), the first playoff hat trick for a Cap in 85 games, since 4/26/93 (Al Iafrate) … Had back-to-back three-point games vs. PIT in Games 5 (2g-1a, 5/9) and 6 (3a, 5/11).
2007-08: Won the Hart Trophy (player most valuable to his team) and the Lester B. Pearson Award (most outstanding player by vote of his peers) … The first Capital to win either award … The second Russian to win either award (Sergei Fedorov, 1994) … Led the NHL in points (112), goals (65), PPGs (22), GWGs (11) and shots (446), all of which were career highs … Captured the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer … Named the D.C. Sportsman of the Year by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance … His 65 goals set an NHL record for goals by a left wing, breaking Luc Robitaille’s mark of 63 (1992-93), and were more than any active player has ever scored besides Teemu Selanne (76, 1992-93) … The first player since 1996 to reach 60 goals; one of only 12 players all-time to score 65 or more goals … Set Capitals single-season records for goals and shots; tied the Capitals record for power-play goals … Scored a higher percentage of his team’s goals than any other player (27.3%) and had a hand in more of his team’s goals than any other player (47.1%) … Earned 128 of 134 first-place votes in the Hart Trophy balloting … Finished eighth in voting for the Lady Byng Trophy as the league’s most gentlemanly player … The NHL’s First Star for the months of January and March; a five-time selection as one of the Three Stars of the week … Selected for his second straight NHL All-Star Game and became the first Capitals player to score two goals in an All-Star Game … Won the Capitals’ Three Stars Award for the third straight year, earning a Rolex watch from Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers … Won the Kharlamov Trophy as the top Russian player in the NHL for the third straight year … Earned the Espo Award for the league’s most valuable player from Phil Esposito on XM Radio’s NHL Home Ice … Named “Monster of the Year” by TSN’s Pierre McGuire … Selected as the MVP and best player by The Hockey News … Named the top Clutch Scorer by USA Today and unanimous selection as MVP by the paper’s panel … Voted The Sporting News Player of the Year, earning 250 of a possible 287 votes from fellow players … Named a Sporting News All-Star … Was nominated for an ESPY as the Best NHL Player … Scored more goals than the top two goal scorers on 19 of the 30 teams in the league and tied with two other teams … He and Mike Green became the first teammates to lead the league in goal scoring overall and by a defenseman, respectively, since Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey in 1988-89 … Ranked third on the team and third among NHL forwards with 23:06 of ice time per game … Tied for seventh in the league with a +28 rating … Ranked ninth in the NHL in both hits (220) and takeaways (68) … Shared the NHL lead with three hat tricks; had two of the league’s four four-goal games all season … Had three five-point games, a new career high … His shot total was the second-highest in NHL history … Scoring totals improved as the game progressed: 31 points in the first period, 37 in the second, 40 in the third and four in OT … One of four Capitals to play all 82 games … Scored the team’s first goal 19 times and the game’s first goal nine times … Team went 28-15-4 when he scored a goal and 36-22-5 when he had a point … Registered points in each of the first six games of the season (10/5 – 10/18) … Scored his 100th career goal 10/12 at NYR … Had four straight multiple-point games 10/24 – 10/29, with nine points (4g-5a) in that time … Enjoyed his season-long nine-game point streak from 11/8 – 11/26 (8g-3a) … Registered his 1,000th career shot on goal 12/14 vs. BUF … Skated in his 200th NHL game 12/26 vs. TB … Posted his first career four-goal and five-point game 12/29 at OTT … Scored his 30th goal 12/29 at OTT, joining Ilya Kovalchuk as the only players this decade to reach 30 goals before the end of December … Scored in 23 of the Caps’ 42 games after the New Year, and Washington went 19-3-1 in those games … Signed a new 13-year contract, the longest in Capitals history, on 1/10 … Had goals in six straight games from 1/13 – 1/23 (7g), the first six games after he signed his new contract … Scored four goals, including the OT winner, and added an assist 1/31 vs. MTL … Had 60 points (33g-27a) in 39 games after signing his new contract … Had 34 points (19g-15a) in his last 21 home games … Had 41 goals in his last 47 games and 51 goals in 61 games under Bruce Boudreau … Posted 10 multiple-point games in the season’s last 17 outings (17g-12a) … Enjoyed the best month of his career in March, with 14 goals and 26 points in 15 games … Had a natural hat trick in the first period, added two assists and was +3 vs. BOS (3/3) … Recorded his 300th career point 3/18 at NSH in his 237th game, the fastest to the milestone since Peter Forsberg … Spearheaded the Capitals’ comeback 3/21 at ATL with four points (2g-2a), including his 60th goal of the season … Scored two goals, including the GWG in the third period, 4/3 vs. TB … Led the team with nine points and shared the team lead with four goals in the playoffs … Scored two GWGs, tied for the club record in a playoff series … Finished tied for second in the NHL in first-round scoring … Had a team-high and first-round league-high 37 shots on goal … Posted four multiple-point games in the playoffs … Three of his four goals came in the third period … Made his playoff debut and had two points (1g-1a), including the GWG, in Game 1 of the ECQF vs. PHI (4/11) … Had three goals and four points in Games 6 and 7 combined, with nine shots on goal in each game … Won a gold medal with Russia at the World Championship … Named to the World Championship all-tournament team.
2006-07: A member of the NHL First All-Star Team for the second straight year … Voted a starter in the All-Star Game, the first Capital in the starting lineup since Rod Langway in 1986 … Won the Kharlamov Trophy as the top Russian-born player in the NHL for the second year in a row … Led the Capitals in goals (46), assists (46), points (92), GWGs (8) and shots (392) … Finished fourth in the league in goals, tied for ninth in PPGs (16) and tied for seventh in GWGs … Recorded the seventh-highest point total in Capitals history and tied for the 10th-best single-season goal total … Led the NHL in shots on goal for the second year in a row, the first player to do so in back-to-back seasons since Pavel Bure (1999-00 and ’00-01) … The only Capital to appear in all 82 games … Led Caps forwards and ranked tied for 10th among NHL forwards with 21:23 of average ice time … Ranked sixth among league forwards with 5:31 of power play ice time per game … Won the Capitals’ Three Stars Award, earning a Rolex watch from Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers … Was named the NHL’s Third Star of the week 12/11 … Led the team and ranked ninth among NHL forwards with 184 hits … Led the team with 27 multiple-point games, nine multiple-goal games and 10 multiple-assist games … Scored 25 goals against division foes, the most of any player in the NHL … Tied for the league lead with 26 goals on the road … Scored 30 even-strength goals, tied for second in the NHL and just one behind leader Vincent Lecavalier … Scored 19.7% of the Capitals’ goals, second in the league behind only Lecavalier (21.4%) … Had 20 more even-strength points than any other Capital (30g-25a) … One of nine players to lead his team in both goals and assists (Shane Doan, Martin Havlat, Dany Heatley, Marian Hossa, Jaromir Jagr, Olli Jokinen, Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin) … His eight GWGs were the most by a Capital since 2002-03 (Jagr, nine) … Scored the Capitals’ first goal 14 times and the game’s first goal six times … Was named to the All-Monster Team by TSN’s Pierre McGuire … Had nine goals in eight games vs. ATL and six goals in four games vs. PHI … 23 players assisted on his 46 goals … Had at least two shots on goal in all 82 games … Took 17.1% of the Capitals’ shots on goal, tops in the league … Had 12 points (5g-7a) in the last minute of a period, tied for the NHL lead … Scored his first two goals of the year and had a career-high 15 shots on goal 10/7 vs. CAR … Had goals in four straight games from 10/19-10/27 (4g-2a) … Strung together four straight multiple-point games from 10/30-11/6 (4g-4a) … Posted 23 points in December, his best offensive month of the season (9g-14a) … Had 18 points in an eight-game scoring streak from 12/2-12/19 (7g-11a, +7 in that time) … Matched a career high with three assists 12/6 vs. OTT … Recorded his second career hat trick, scoring all three Capitals goals in a 3-2 OT win 12/15 at ATL … His goal six seconds into OT at ATL (12/15) matched the fastest overtime goal in league history … Finished 2006 with 54 goals in the calendar year, five more than any other player … Recorded points in each of the first 13 games of 2007, his career-best point-scoring streak and the fourth-longest in the NHL on the year (1/1-2/1, 8g-12a) … Tied a career-best with a +3 rating 2/8 vs. LA (0g-1a) … Had a season-high four points (matching a career best) 2/27 vs. FLA (2g-2a) … Scored back-to-back game-winning goals 4/3 vs. FLA and 4/4 at ATL … Represented Russia in the World Championship in Moscow.
2005-06: Won the Calder Memorial Trophy, earning 124 of a possible 129 first-place votes in the balloting … Named to the NHL First All-Star Team, the first rookie to earn that honor since Teemu Selanne in 1992-93 … Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team … Just the second NHL rookie in history to record 50 goals and 100 points, joining Teemu Selanne (1992-93) … Set Capitals rookie records for goals (52), assists (54), points (106), PPGs (21) and shots (425) … Set the NHL rookie record for shots on goal (425), the fifth-highest single-season total in league history … Led all NHL rookies in goals, points, PPGs, SHGs (tied, 3), power-play assists (tied, 31), power-play points (52) and shots … Finished third in the league in points, tied for third in goals, sixth in PPGs, second in power-play points and first in shots … Finished with the second-best single-season point total in Capitals history, tied for the third-best goal total and the second-best PPG total … Was a finalist for the Lester B. Pearson Award (outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players Association) and two ESPY Awards (Best Breakthrough Athlete, Best Hockey Player) … Won the Valery Kharlamov Trophy as the best Russian player in the NHL … Won USA Today’s Clutch Scoring Award … Was named the league’s best rookie by numerous media outlets, including The Hockey News, TSN, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and XM Radio … Had the most points of any Russian-born rookie in history or any rookie left wing in history … The only NHL player who had more than twice as many goals or shots than any teammate … Scored 52 of the Capitals' 230 goals (an NHL-best 22.6%); had a hand in 106 of 230 (46.1%) … Had a hand in 52 of Washington’s 72 PPGs (72.2%) … Recorded points in 65 of 81 games, and more than one point in 31 … Scored a goal against every Eastern Conference team and 22 of the Capitals' 24 opponents, the most teams any NHL rookie has ever scored upon (Teemu Selanne scored on 21 teams in 1992-93) … Scored five goals in six games at 2006 Olympics and was the lone member of the All-Tournament Team whose team didn't win a medal … Was named NHL Offensive Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month for January, just the third player to earn both honors (Jim Carey, March 1995; Teemu Selanne, January 1993) … Was named NHL Offensive Player of the Week twice (weeks ending 1/1 and 1/22), the only rookie to earn that honor all season … NHL Rookie of the Month for December … Enjoyed his best month of the season with 24 points (11g-13a) in 15 games in March (had been January, 11g-10a in 14 games) … Led the team and ranked second among NHL rookies with 172 hits … Ranked 14th in the league (seventh among forwards) in hits … Second on the team and first among rookie forwards in the NHL with 21:37 average ice time per game … Tied for second in the league with six shootout goals (in 13 attempts); shared the league lead with three shootout-deciding goals … Led or shared the team lead in shots 53 times, including 11 straight games (10/26-11/19) … Had six games with 10 or more shots on goal, including one game with 12 (4/7 vs. CAR) and one game with 13 (vs. TB 3/23) … Scored Washington's first goal 19 times and the game's first goal an NHL-high 12 times … He scored to give the Capitals the lead 22 times, more than any other player in the league; 10 more of his goals tied the score … Scored two overtime goals among his five GWGs … Set a Caps rookie record with a seven-game goal-scoring streak (2/10-3/8, 8g-5a); also had a six-game stretch from 12/22-1/1 (6g-6a) … Set a Capitals rookie record with an 11-game point-scoring streak (3/18-4/7, 5g-12a) … Had points in each of the last five games of the season (4/10-4/18, 4g-3a) and 16 of the last 17 games (3/18-4/18, 9g-15a) … Had an eight-game point-scoring streak from 1/6-1/21 (9g-7a) … Had back-to-back two-goal games twice (11/6-11/8 and 1/13-1/16) … The first Capital ever to record a point in each of his first eight NHL games (breaking the record of four by Milan Novy in 1982 and Ryan Walter in 1978) … Held the longest point-scoring streak to start an NHL career (eight games) since BOS's Dmitri Kvartalnov (14 games, 10/8/92-11/12/92, 12g-10a) … Had a career-best four points twice (12/3 vs. NYR and 12/22 at ATL) … Had eight games with three-plus points … Became the first Capital ever to score two goals in his NHL debut vs. CBJ (10/5) … Was the first No. 1 overall pick to score two goals in his debut … Scored the first shootout goal in Capitals history vs. TB (10/16) … Scored two goals, including his first SHG, at TB (10/28) … Had two goals in each game of a home-and-home series with TOR (11/6-8) … Recorded his first career hat trick at ANA (1/13), scoring all three goals including the OT winner … Had a three-point game at PHX (1/16, 2g-1a), including a highlight-reel goal from his back that was viewed more than 100,000 times in the next week on WashingtonCaps.com and was named XM Radio’s goal of the year … Scored a goal and two assists and had 10 shots on goal vs. PIT (3/8) … Had three points (2g-1a), 13 shots on goal and a +2 rating at TB (3/23) … Scored his 50th goal of the season at Atlanta (4/13), just one game after recording his 100th point of the season – a game-winning overtime goal – at Boston (4/10).
Played 152 games in four seasons with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League, totaling 68 points (36g-32a).
2004-05: Appeared in 37 games for Dynamo Moscow, during which he tallied 26 points (13g-13a) … Despite missing 23 games while competing in international tournaments or recovering from injury, ranked seventh on the team in points, fifth in goals and sixth in assists … Played in 10 playoff games, posting two goals and four assists … Tied for third on the team in playoff scoring … Helped lead Dynamo to the championship of the Russian Super League.
2003-04: Played in 53 games for Dynamo, notching 24 points (13g-11a) … Led the team with 13 goals.
2002-03: Recorded 15 points (8g-7a) in 40 games for Dynamo … Appeared in five playoff games.
2001-02: Played 22 games in his rookie year for Dynamo Moscow as a 16-year-old, posting four points (2g-2a) … Played 19 games for Dynamo-2 in the Russia-3 league, where he recorded 26 points (18g-8a).
Has extensive experience representing Russia in international competition, appearing in three World Junior Championships (2003, 2004, 2005), five World Championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), the World Cup of Hockey (2004) and the 2006 Olympics.
2008: Led Russia to its first World Championship gold medal since 1993, recording 12 points (6g-6a) in nine games … Named to the all-tournament team … Finished tied for second in the tournament in goals and tied for sixth in points … Ranked tied for fourth in the tournament with a +11 rating, only on the ice for two even-strength goals against in nine games.
2007: Registered one goal and two assists in eight games to help Russia secure the bronze medal at the World Championship in Moscow.
2006: Named to the all-tournament teams at the Olympics in Torino, Italy, and the World Championship in Latvia … Led Russia to a fourth-place finish at the Olympics with a team-high five goals in eight games … Team finished fifth at the World Championship … Finished second in goals (6) and tied for fifth in points (9) at the World Championship … Had a hat trick against Kazakhstan (5/6).
2005: Led the team in goals (5), points (8) and GWGs (2) at the World Championship in Austria … Was named the top forward at the 2005 World Junior Championship in North Dakota … Led Russia in goals (7) and points (11) and earned a silver medal in that tournament.
2004: Recorded seven points (5g-2a) in six games at the 2004 World Junior Championship in Finland … Made his World Championship debut, recording two points (1g-1a) in six games … Scored one goal in two World Cup of Hockey games.
2003: Made his World Junior Championship debut as a 17-year-old, recording six goals and one assist in six games … Helped lead Russia to a gold medal in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 2002: Posted 14 goals and four assists (18 points) in eight games to lead Russia to the World Under-18 Championship.
Selected by Washington in the first round, first overall, in 2004 Entry Draft.
Supports Athletes Against Autism … Joined Right To Play as an athlete ambassador in September 2006 … Donated $10,000 from the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams Fund, which he earned as a 2006 Lester B. Pearson Award finalist, to Right To Play … Purchases eight season tickets to Capitals home games and donates them to soldiers and needy children as part of Ovi’s Crazy 8s program… Launched his own designer streetwear clothing line with CCM and designer Roger Edwards, 6/11/08 … Received the key to the city from Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian M. Fenty on 6/13/08, the day after he won the Hart Trophy … Has appeared on the cover of The Hockey News 10 times (including special issues) and the cover of The Washington Post Magazine once … Cover athlete on 2K Sports’ NHL 2K10 game … Celebrated the launch of that game by driving a Zamboni down Sixth Avenue to the NHL Store in New York (9/9/09) … Cover athlete on EA Sports’
NHL 07 video game and the Russian edition of NHL 09 … Threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals game on 9/27/06 … Honorary chair of the Caps Care Classic on 10/2/06, Washington’s annual charity golf tournament, where he hit a hole in one while taking practice shots on the par 3, 160-yard fourth hole at the Springfield Golf & Country Club … Celebrated his 22nd birthday by leading a beautification project at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, D.C., on 9/18/07… For his 23rd birthday, he hosted the Ovi’s Crazy Eights Skills Session for nearly 100 house league youth hockey players at Kettler Capitals Iceplex … Was featured as the FOX News Sunday Power Player of the Week by Chris Wallace on 4/13/08 … His mother, Tatiana, won two Olympic gold medals in basketball (1976 and 1980) … Father, Mikhail, is a former professional soccer player … Spends his summers in Moscow … Enjoys vacationing in Turkey … Idolized former Soviet great Alexander Maltsev while growing up … Listens to hip hop, R&B and techno/dance music …Favorite American movie is Gladiator … Likes playing video games in his spare time … Lists basketball as his favorite sport other than hockey … Lists pasta and sushi as his favorite foods..