Alex Ovechkin, captain and forward for the Washington Capitals, won his this Hart Memorial Trophy on Saturday, June 15th when the second half of the winners for the 2012-2013 National Hockey League Awards were announced.
The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded to the NHL's Most Valuable Player as determined by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. This year, the players nominated for the award included Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby and New York Islanders John Taveres. With his win this year, Ovechkin has won the Hart trophy three times: 2008, 2009, and 2013.
“This means a lot. It's means, again, it was a hard year for me, for all the Caps in organization because it was middle of the year. I went to the right wing. It was especially hard for me. You know, it works. Again, first of all, how I said on Twitter, thanks to everybody, thanks to my teammates, my coaching staff, my family. Again, it's big pleasure for me to have this award. You know, it's means a lot. I think I'm pretty happy. It means a lot,” says Ovechkin on winning the award.
Ovechkin also credits coach Adam Oates for encouraging him to switch position and improving his play. “Oatesy tell me you have to do it. I talk before. If situation was working left wing, it was work. But situation on the right wing, power play, of course it's a different position. Of course, it's my work, but it's all about everybody, you know, coaching staff, my partners, everything. Right wing was hard, but it's working. So I'm pretty glad. I'm pretty happy.”
Congrats, Ovi. May the chants of “M-V-P” reign in Verizon Center once again!
Read the rest of the interview with Ovechkin here: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=90075
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