Top Selling Jersey: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
There’s not much that hasn’t already been said about Alexander Ovechkin, the man they call “Alexander the Great.” Widely regarded as the best goal-scorer the NHL has seen in decades, 2004’s top draft choice out of Russia is leading a resurgence in D.C. that has made the Capitals the talk of the town, poised to make another deep Stanley Cup run.
A purebred athlete – his father was a professional soccer player, his mother a gold medal swimmer – Ovechkin has led the NHL in goals each of the past two years and is already leading the way again this season. He wasted no time starting his career, scoring two goals in his first NHL game and ultimately taking home rookie of the year honors over his rival, Sidney Crosby.
In 2008, he became the first player ever to win four of the NHL’s most coveted awards at once: the Hart Trophy for league MVP as well as the Art Ross, the Pearson, and the Rocket Richard. As an encore, he took home three of those honors again in 2009.
A true showman who craves the spotlight, “Ovie” has spent the last few years scoring some of the most memorable highlight reel goals in hockey history. He’s been named an NHL First Team All-Star every single year he’s played in the league and is one of the few athletes in any sport that commands your attention at all times. He’s a threat to do damage every single time he touches the puck and his ability to take complete control of a game is virtually unmatched.
His biggest value to the NHL may lie in his ability to transcend the sport. He now has his own line of clothing and even President Obama has mentioned him in speeches. In October, GQ named him one of the Most Important People in D.C. Even those who don’t religiously follow hockey tune in to see Ovechkin’s one-of-a-kind skills on the ice. Meanwhile, true enthusiasts of the game appreciate his ability to beat the opposition at will in a seemingly infinite number of ways. In 2008, he cashed in on his phenomenal talents, signing the biggest contract in league history.
People love a winner in Washington and the Capitals have become the hottest sports ticket in town. Leading the way is arguably the most popular hockey player in the world. It’s only natural that Alexander Ovechkin has one of the top-selling hockey jerseys as well.