He's Sasha: The Ovechkin
Aside from the number crunching, the thing I love about this article is the scene beat reporter Tarik El-Bashir gives us in the lede:
As Alex Ovechkin walked past a television hanging from the ceiling in the Washington Capitals' practice facility yesterday, he stopped, and his eyes lit up.
"Hey," he said. "It's me. I made Top Five Plays!"
Ovechkin watched a replay of his second-period goal Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
"Scooooore!" Ovechkin exclaimed, raising his arms over his head.
Ovechkin is just radiating charisma so far, and it's fantastic to see. And, even though he doesn't have a perfect grasp of the language, he's still as colourful as anyone in interviews.
"If I win the bonus, I'm glad," Ovechkin said. "If I didn't win this bonus, it's okay. I came here for my dream. If I want money, I could stay in Russia and make three million bucks.
"Money is always money; it's good. So you go to restaurant, you don't have to think about it. So if I win this, I will be happy."
His rising star is apparently working for him in his personal life, as well — or at least that's what I gather from the text there.
It might be time for me to add one of these to my collection.