Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, holds the Hart Memorial Trophy, for being the most valuable player to his team, at the National Hockey League awards in Las Vegas Thursday, June 18 2009.
The Pearson Award presented to Ovechkin by Russian legends Vladimir Konstantinov and Igor Larionov. Konstantinov was paralyzed in an auto accident after winning the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1997, but walked to the podium with the aid of a walker in one of the highlights of the night.
Ovechkin takes home Hart, Pearson, Richard trophies, makes NHL's All Star team for the fourth time in a row. "It’s pretty important when people and players give you this. I don’t want to stop. I want to be the best next year," said Ovechkin.
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Washington Capitols Alex Ovechkin signs autographs for a Sydney Crosby fan as he walks the red carpet at the National Hockey Legue awards in Las Vegas Thursday, June 18 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Ovechkin voted most outstanding by peers, Crosby couldn't even make to NHL's All-Star SECOND team, enough said about Who Is Who in hockey.
Washington Capitols' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, arrives with two showgirls as he walks the red carpet at the National Hockey Legue awards in Las Vegas, Thursday, June 18 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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