Not a hockey fan, but this sort of news about local team has my attention:Alex Ovechkin
accepted the Lester B. Pearson Award, given to the most outstanding player as voted by his peers. He also captured the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP -- in a landslide. Ovechkin is the first Capital to win either award, beating out Calgary
's Jarome Iginla
's Evgeni Malkin
for both honors. Ovechkin also became the first player to win the Hart and Pearson awards along with the Art Ross and Maurice "Rocket" Richard trophies, given for leading the league with 112 points and 65 goals, respectively.
"I wanted to win everything," Ovechkin said. "Maybe next year the Stanley Cup
Ovechkin was the biggest story of the night at the Elgin Theatre, but the best tale belonged to Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau
, who won the Jack Adams Award as the top coach after being promoted from the minor leagues Nov. 22 and leading Washington from last place to the franchise's first playoff berth in five years."The one thing I want to do is enjoy and remember this," Boudreau said. "Because a lot of times, it happens right off the bat so people think, 'Oh, this is going to happen every year,' and then they never get another chance again. You may never get here again."
"I think I'm the happiest 22-year-old guy on the planet," Ovechkin said. "I have everything."
Even before Thursday night this had been a memorable week for Ovechkin -- and it's not over yet. On Friday afternoon, District Mayor Adrian M. Fenty
will present Ovechkin with a key to the city during a fan ceremony on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building
. Then Ovechkin will be honored by Leonsis at a private dinner at a posh downtown restaurant.
Ovechkin said he will return to Russia on Sunday and spend the majority of the summer in his homeland, though he plans to vacation in Turkey with teammate Alexander Semin
and seven other associates before returning to Moscow to train with Dynamo of Russia's Continental Hockey League (formerly the Russian Super League).