An Ottawa native, he was one of two Senators (Turris) who was named to Team Canada's roster for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship at the end of last season but did not play due to injury.
2013-14: Established new career highs in goals (six), assists (17) and points (23) ... Averaged greater than 20 minutes of time-on-ice for the fifth consecutive season while averaging a season career high of 22:45 ... Tied for 17th among NHL defencemen with 181 hits ... Tied for second among Senators defencemen (Wiercioch) in scoring ... Registered the first game-winning goal of his NHL career on Nov. 7 vs Montreal (4-1 win).
2014-15 Season high: Blocked shots: 5, Jan. 15 vs Montreal (4-1 win)
Career game highs: Goals: 1 (15x) last: 3/10/14 vs Nashville (4-3 OT loss); Assists: 3, Jan. 31 vs Arizona (7-2 win); Points: 3, (0-3), Jan. 31 vs Arizona (7-2 win)
You get the right whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals