Alex Ovechkin is one of the most talented and toughest players the NHL has to offer. The Capital’s captain has one the MVP award (The Hart Trophy) three times over his career. This past season he lead the NHL in scoring 32 goals and playing every single game for the team.
Even more impressive was the fact that he played through a hairline fracture in Game 6 and 7 against the New York Rangers in the NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. He did miss any time as “I just played the game because it’s the playoffs,” he said. “It doesn’t matter
what happen. You have to be there and you have to play the best that you can.”
He then said that having an injury is no reason to miss a game: “I’m never going to say I’m not going to play,” Ovechkin said. “It’s not my style.”
On top of the hairline fracture, he apparently was playing through other injuries according to Capital’s GM George McPhee.
Even though I am not a huge hockey fan and I don’t have a good knowledge on how impressive it is to score 32 goals in a season, I am a sports fan. I know playing a contact sport like hockey with a hairline fracture and other injuries is no small feat. Ovechkin should be celebrated for his toughness and rightfully received the MVP award.