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Washington Capital's Alex Ovechkin Receives Key to City

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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty presented a key to the city to Washington Capitals’ left wing Alex Ovechkin, who was awarded the Hart Trophy, the National Hockey League’s MVP award, in Toronto last night. Ovechkin is the first DC athlete in the NHL, NBA, MLB, NFL, or WNBA to win a league MVP award in 25 years. Ovechkin also received the Lester B. Pearson Award, which is given to the NHL’s most outstanding player as voted by his peers.


“It’s very exciting to have this award presented to one of the District’s many fine athletes,” Fenty said. “We are honored to present a key to the city to Alex; not only for the numbers he put up, but also for his hard-working attitude and style of play.”


Ovechkin finished the season with a league-leading 65 goals, the most ever in the NHL by a left wing. Earlier this year, Ovechkin was also awarded both the Ross Trophy, which is given every year to the NHL’s leading scorer, and the Maurice Richard Trophy, which is given to the league’s top goal scorer. He is the first NHL player ever to win the Ross, Richard, Hart and Pearson trophies all in the same year. A first-round draft pick by the Capitals, Ovechkin will play another 13 years for the District’s NHL team.


“The Washington Capitals are proud to represent DC and truly appreciate this honor for Alex,” said Capitals’ Owner and Chairman Ted Leonsis. “He's a remarkable athlete on the ice, and away from the rink he has embraced this community as his second home.”


Today’s event was also attended by the Ballou High School Marching Band, who will be participating in the 2009 Tournament of Roses and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band performed for the crowd, while the Capitals’ mascot, Slapshot, entertained as well. Representatives from the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission were on hand for the celebration.

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