Before Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals became a synonymous partnership in the NHL, the 35-year-old began his path to stardom at Dynamo Moscow of the KHL.
And before he hangs up his skates for good, that’s where Ovechkin wants to finish his career.
“There are certain goals that I want to achieve after my career,” Ovechkin told Russian Television International (via Sportsnet). “But my career is not over yet. I’m still in my prime. I think I will definitely play for a few more years, God grant that my health is good. I would finish in Russia at Dynamo Moscow.”
Ovechkin signed a 13-year deal to keep him in Washington during the 2007-08 season, and he’s finally entering the final year of that contract. He’s due for an extension, and while a goal scorer of his renown — he’s amassed 706 goals during his career — would certainly be of some interest to teams around the NHL, Ovechkin isn’t looking to depart the Capitals.
“It’s not a question of money,” Ovechkin said. “It’s a matter of principle: I played for only two teams — Dynamo and Washington.”
Ovechkin is coming off a 67-point campaign following consecutive seasons of almost hitting 90. The winger, who’s a Moscow native, is a 12-time All Star and three-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner.
And he’s not done plying his trade in America’s capital before planning to finish his career in Russia’s capital.
“It is clear, in two, three, four years, maybe five, I will end my career in Washington,” Ovechkin said. “I want to end on a beautiful note — to play my last match for Dynamo Moscow.”