Considered by many to be one of the best hockey players in the world, Alex Ovechkin has made a name for himself as a goal-scoring threat everytime he steps on the ice. A three-time MVP, Ovechkin is looking to capture his first Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights. This is Ovechkin’s first Stanley Cup final in his 14 year NHL career. At the age of 32, Ovechkin continues to be a top player in the league and is a popular player worldwide, but how much is this future Hall of Famer actually worth?
Alex Ovechkin’s Net Worth as of 2019: $60 Million
How has Ovechkin’s NHL career impacted his overall worth? Let’s look at some of the numbers.
After playing in his home country of Russia for four years, Ovechkin was selected by the Capitals with the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Since the 2004-05 season was locked out, Ovechkin remained in Russia for another season. It was not until 2005 when he joined the Capitals. In his rookie season, Ovechkin won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year while recording 52 goals and 54 assists to lead all rookies with 106 points. Those 106 points were good enough to finish as the league’s third highest scorer that season.
In the 2006-07 season, Ovechkin’s numbers dipped a little bit as he only scored 46 goals and had only 92 points. However, he did get to compete in his first All-Star game that season. During his third and final season on his rookie contract, the Capitals had decided they had found their face of the franchise, signing Ovechkin to a 13-year contract extension worth $124 million. At the time, this was the richest contract in NHL history. In that season he led the league with 65 goals and 112 points. Ovechkin claimed his first Art Ross Trophy, which is given to the player who leads the league in points. He was also awarded the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, which is given to the player who leads the league in goals. He led the Capitals to the playoffs that season bowing out to the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games during the first round.
After getting off his rookie contract Ovechkin reportedly earned $9 million in 2008.
After receiving his contract extension, Ovechkin continued to prove he was worth the money by leading the league in scoring goals once again by finishing with 56 goals and he finished second in the league in points with 110. He led his team on another playoff run where he was able to defeat the New York Rangers in the opening round. In the second round, Ovechkin met his match in Sidney Crosby and the Penguins losing in a tough seven-game series. Again he went on to win the Hart trophy proving how talented of a player he is.
In the 2009-10 season, Ovechkin started the year off suffering an upper-body injury that caused him to miss some time. However, he was still able to have a very productive year scoring 50 goals and having 109 points. He was awarded the Ted Lindsay Award, which is given to the player voted on by members of the NHL Players Association who is believed to have been the most outstanding player during the regular season. Winning the award for the third year in a row, Ovechkin became only the second player in NHL history to win the award in three consecutive years.
During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Ovechkin’s numbers dipped and the team was not making any deep playoff runs. In 2013, Ovechkin kept his game sharp by going back home and playing in the KHL for his old team the Dynamo Moscow during the NHL lockout. He appeared in 31 games before returning to America to compete in the lockout-shortened season in the NHL. Ovechkin returned to the top of the league in goal-scoring by scoring 32 goals and leading the league in points with 56. However, his team was tripped up in the first round of the playoffs that year losing to the Rangers. During the 2014 season, Ovechkin led the league in goal-scoring yet again with 51 goals, however, the Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time since Ovechkin’s second season in the league.
Ovechkin earned $9.5 million in 2014.
In the 2015 season, Ovechkin was able to score 53 goals and had 81 points. However, his team was eliminated once again in the second round of the playoffs. During the 2016 season, for the first time in his career, Ovechkin did not lead the Capitals in points, although he still did lead them with 50 goals. Once again though the Capitals season ended with another disappointing second-round loss in the playoffs.
During the 2017 season, Ovechkin became the 37th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points with only one team. However, he did have a bit of a down year as he only scored 33 goals and had 69 points. He bounced back during the most recent season by breaking many NHL and Capitals record during the 2018 season too. He became the first player to score back-to-back hat tricks to start a season. He became the team’s leader for all-time leader in hat tricks with his 20th of his career. He became the leader in most overtime regular season goals scored passing Jaromir Jagr when he scored his 20th. He scored his 600th career goal, becoming the 20th player to ever eclipse that number. He was also awarded the Rocket Richard trophy for the seventh time in his career after leading the league with 49 goals. He tied Bobby Hull for being the NHL player to win that award the most.
Ovechkin is in the midst of his best postseason run as he and his team are fighting for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Ovechkin has recorded 12 goals and 22 points over 19 games. He scored his first career Stanley Cup Final goal in Game 2.
Ovechkin made about $10 million in 2018.
Whether you love him or hate him, Ovechkin is one of the best talents the NHL has ever seen in its history. He is one of the most gifted athletes in the world with his speed and quickness he can make moves around defenders like no other. His powerful but accurate shot also makes it tough for goalies to stop him from scoring. Even if the Capitals do fail to win the Stanley Cup this season, Ovechkin will go down as one of the very best to ever play the game of hockey.
Friday’s contest against Calgary will mark Ovechkin’s first missed game since April 2016, breaking a 214 consecutive games streak.