At the same time, Ovechkin received an offer from Omsk Avangard, which the striker accepted and signed a preliminary contract with the club. According to the rules set out in the unlawful case, to reserve the rights for hockey players, Dynamo must repeat the Vanguard contract and do so.
The club’s proceedings continue in an arbitral tribunal, which ruled that Dynamo Moscow will retain all rights to Ovechkin. After completing the course in NHL, Ovechkin signed a three-year rookie contract with Washington. The hockey player is offered the maximum possible salary for beginners – taking into account the bonus, he can make $ 3.85 million per season.
In the new club, Ovechkin chose the eighth number of games in which his mother played basketball. Ovechkin played his first NHL match on October 5, 2005 against Columbus and scored two goals, his team won. Ovechkin scored in his first eight matches, in December he was first recognized as the rookie of the year.
In the first year, Ovechkin scored 106 (52 + 54) points and his team could not enter the playoffs. In the same season, Ovechkin played for the Russian team at the Olympics in Turin and at the World Cup.
At the end of the year, he was ahead of Canadian striker Sidney Crosby in the fight for Calder Trophy – an award for the best new NHL rookie. In 2007/08, for the first time, Ovechkin became a regular sniper in the first season: scoring 65 goals, he became the owner of Maur Maurice Richard Trophy, as well as one of the top scorers of the tournament.
As reported by journalists and the association’s association, Ovechkin has also won a world football award. In early January 2008, Ovechkin signed a record 13-year contract with Washington for $ 124 million. This contract is the first in tournament history to exceed $ 100 million.
In May 2008, Ovechkin helped the Russian team win their first victory in 15 world championships in 15 years. A season later, Ovechkin once again won the match against Maur Maurice Richard Trophy.
On January 5, 2010, Ovechkin was appointed captain of Washington. A month later, he passed the 500-point mark in the tournament. In the spring of 2012, for the second time, Ovechkin became the world champion in the Russian national team.