Valuable quotes

"No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow." ~~

"The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you've already lost." ~~

Cree Prophecy - "When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money." ~~

Monday, February 02, 2009

Alexander Ovechkin - clever clown

Once "O" for Oprah and Obama, now coming soon for Ovechkin. As things go, I could say this was expected.
The world eventually had to catch sight of Alexander Ovechkin because he, along with the current superstars of the NHL have been entertaining North Americans for a couple of years now. Just the mention of his name immediately inspires conversation of one degree or another. Some hate him...but not really, while others love him, myself included. Either way, there isn't a person on the North American continent who can say with conviction that they think he's untalented. The man is mind blowing in what he can do and with good spirit and a love and passion for the game like none other.

But he has an incredibly smart side too - one which so far has shown him making all his own business decisions and they are good ones. His own negotiations and long term signing with the Washington Capitals, to this latest signing with IMG Worldwide is not only smart for Ovie but for the sport of hockey in general. Long trailing behind other sports as the little brother with a loyal fan base, this may well be the one thing to open the words eyes to this exciting sport too. As it should. Yes, biased I may be, but there is no arguing that hockey is fast, exciting and has an amazing wealth of talent signed to the NHL.
IMG Worldwide, the premier global sports, media and entertainment company, announced today that it has signed hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin, for exclusive worldwide management, sponsorship, licensing and marketing representation.

Ovechkin, the 24 year-old Washington Capitals left wing, is one of the most talented and exciting players in the game today. Since bursting onto the scene in 2005, he has taken the NHL by storm, winning the Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player for the past two seasons. He has also won the Lester B Pearson Award for 2008 and 2009 naming him MVP as voted on by his fellow players. He is only the fourth player in history to score more than 200 goals in the first four years of his career joining hockey icons Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy. In July of this year, he was named “Official Ambassador” to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

"We are very pleased to welcome Alex to the global team at IMG," said David Abrutyn, IMG’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Global Consulting. "He is clearly one of the world’s greatest athletes and one of the NHL's brightest stars. His electrifying play and charismatic personality will make him one of the most sought after athletes for companies and brands to grow their business. We are looking forward to working with Alex and his family, the Capitals and NHL to build the Ovechkin brand and the game of hockey around the world."

"As one of the most exciting players the game of hockey has seen, Alex has captured the imagination of fans around the globe and he is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the world's great sports icons," said Brad Pelletier, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Canada. "The excitement and personality he brings to the game is not only great for hockey, but also for his personal brand, which we look forward to working with him to grow around the world."

Following the 2008-2009 season he was awarded his fourth consecutive Kharlamov Trophy, honoring the best Russian NHL player as voted by other Russian NHL players. He finished the 2007-2008 season as the NHL leader in points (112) and goals (65), winning the Art Ross Trophy and the Rocket Richard Trophy, respectively. It was the first time in 41 seasons that a left-winger led the NHL in points and established an NHL record for goals by a left wing.

Ovechkin finished the 2008-09 NHL Season with 56 goals, winning his second Rocket Richard Trophy in as many years, joining Jarome Iginla and Pavel Bure as the third player to win the award twice, and the second player after Bure (2000-2001) to win the award in back-to-back seasons.

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