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SportsOvechkin to receive Wayne Gretzky International Award

18:10  18 september  2019
18:10  18 september  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Ovechkin returns to ice after injury scare at Capitals scrimmage

Ovechkin returns to ice after injury scare at Capitals scrimmage Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin returned to the ice shortly after an injury scare during a team scrimmage on Monday. The sniper initially went down in pain and was unable to put weight on his left leg as teammates helped him to the locker room, according to NHL.com's Tom Gulitti. However, Ovechkin was back on the ice a short time later and appeared to be moving around just fine. Ovechkin scare over. Here he is skating pic.twitter.com/zySTfV4lEs— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) September 9, 2019 The 33-year-old is entering his 15th NHL season with the Capitals and is just 42 goals shy of reaching 700 for his career. Copyright © 2019 Score Media Ventures Inc.

In the off-season, Ovechkin was awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award as the most outstanding reach the milestone in four seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky , Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux.[36] Ovechkin was called for boarding, receiving a five-minute major and a game misconduct,[44] and

The award , established by the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999, pays tribute to international individuals who have made major contributions to the growth and advancement of hockey in the United States. Ovechkin will be the 10th recipient of the Wayne Gretzky International Award .

Ovechkin to receive Wayne Gretzky International Award© Patrick McDermott / National Hockey League / Getty

Alex Ovechkin's widespread impact will be recognized this winter.

The Washington Capitals superstar will be honored as the recipient of the Wayne Gretzky International Award as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Dec. 12, the institution announced Wednesday.

Established in 1999, the award pays tribute to international individuals who have made major contributions to the growth and advancement of hockey in the United States.

"His performance on the ice and efforts off the ice have certainly translated into more kids and families wanting to be involved in our sport," USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher said of Ovechkin. "He’s been a great ambassador for hockey and embodies what the Gretzky Award represents."

Previous recipients of the honor include Herb Brooks (2004), Scotty Bowman (2002), the Howe family (2000), and Gretzky himself in 1999.

Gary Bettman, Brian Gionta, Neal Henderson, Tim Thomas, and Krissy Wendell will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2019.

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