No, Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin has not obtained dual citizenship. And no, he doesn't even play in a traditional, or even Canadian market for that matter. But as one of the few faces of the post-lockout NHL, he is perhaps the biggest and brightest star on which to build the next great dynasty. When "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky, began his career in the NHL in 1979, the storyline was set up perfectly. The Brantford, Ontario native was obviously not only Canadian, which made perfect marketing sense, but played for one of the NHL's newest markets in Edmonton.
Not coincidentally, he literally helped place it firmly on the map for almost the rest of the next decade with four Stanley Cups. He helped anchor the NHL's newest powerhouse in what became a solid, traditional ...
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Article written by Joe Mikolai