Alex Ovechkin to carry torch during 2014 Sochi Olympics

  • Michael Prosser

Alex Ovechkin was named the first Russian torch carrier for the 2014 Sochi Olympics (photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

Alex Ovechkin is obviously one of the most decorated players in the NHL today. A three time Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Hart, and Lester B. Pearson Trophy winner, and not to mention holding ten NHL records and eleven team records with the Washington Capitals, Ovechkin can now add “First Russian to carry the Olympic torch for the 2014 Sochi Olympics” to his long list of accomplishments.

The 28 year old native of Moscow, Ovechkin will make his way to Olympia, Greece and on September 29th, will be the first Russian to carry the torch before returning to Washington on the same day. The torch will then pass through all 83 regions in “Mother Russia” visiting all most 3,000 towns along the way.

“I’m extremely humbled and honored to be the first Russian to carry the Olympic Torch.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and something I will never forget. I would like to thank the Washington Capitals organization and all of my teammates for their support in enabling me to travel to Greece prior to the regular season.”

Alex Ovechkin on being named the first Russian torch carrier for the 2014 Sochi Olympics

“The Great 8″ is scheduled to arrive in  Olympia on the 27th of September, take part in the ceremony, and be back in our Nation’s Capital by the 29th. Fear not fans, he will not, I repeat, WILL NOT miss any time and will be ready to travel with the team to Chicago to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Opening Day, October 1st.

“This is a huge honor and we are so proud, and excited for Alex and his family.  This is a very special event and we are thrilled that he was recognized for his past achievements and his dedication to his craft and his country.”

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis commenting on Ovechkin’s newest accomplishment

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