"I never worry about Ovi. He's an all-in guy. He's young, he makes his mistakes, the same as anyone would. I often try to put myself in his position. And you've got to remember, he's 25 years old, he's got a guaranteed $120 million, he's on top of the world, and he still for the most part makes the right decisions. I don't worry about him, I don't worry about most of the guys on that team. That's why I think in the end they'll do well.
"Ovi has some growing up to do as far as taking care of himself and things like that, but as far as his want to win, he really does just want to win the games, and he doesn't care if he scores or not. That isn't an act. He's a great guy, great player. I'd never say anything bad about him." - Matt Bradley (former teammate)
"If you forgot how big he is, he's 230 pounds of pure muscle, speed and competitiveness" - Barry Trotz, Predators Head Coach
"If he hits you, he hurts you. We're gonna put 3 guys on him." - Lindy Ruff, Sabres Head Coach
"Alex is as good as any team player that we have and he wants everyone else to have as much success as he does. He goes out of his way to show it." - Bruce Boudreau, Capitals Head Coach
"You see some highlights of him and it's just unbelievable. He uses his size, he makes some big hits, and he has so much speed he really backs off the defenseman. When you have a step on him, he just has a lethal shot as well." - Joe Thornton
"He's one of those guys that comes down on you one on one and you're actually a little bit scared." - John-Michael Liles, Avalanche defenseman
"I'm very fortunate, or maybe unfortunate, that he's in the same division as us, so he's not fun to play against." - Bob Hartley, Thrashers Head Coach
"You’re looking at one of the better players in Ovechkin. He’s an exciting hockey player. He’s the type of player who brings fans out of their seats. He’s spectacular to watch." - Jacques Martin, Panthers Head Coach
"When I saw that goal, the first thing I said was, 'You won't see a goal like that ever again.' It's one thing to have second effort but, on top of that, the athleticism he showed. It's just an example of the talent that he has." - Sidney Crosby (on Ovechkin's 32nd goal)
"He gets the puck, goes hard. And when he doesn't have the puck, he's forechecking -- bang, crash. He's come to us as close to perfect as there is." - Glen Hanlon, Capitals Head Coach
"That guy's crazy. He has tons of fun playing, looks like he's having too much fun and he works hard. It's definitely a game for him and he enjoys every moment of it, that's why he's so good at it." - Ray Emery
"He can take control of a game. He can go through you, around you. He's very exciting to watch and play against." - Patrick Eaves
"He's dynamite. He flies out there. He plays really gritty too... and he doesn't just skate around and try to score goals but he'll go after you which is really impressive." - Derek Armstrong
"Someone who plays hard every shift, it's pretty admirable for a young guy." - Marty Turco
"He just seems to have a real hard passion for the game. He's got an incredible knack for the net. He plays hard, he hits, he's got great finesse, he's got the whole thing." - Bill Guerin
"Seems like he doesn't really need too many players around him. He can move the puck himself and create a lot of things from nothing." - Ruslan Fedotenko
"I would say he's the best (rookie) I've seen. He's unbelievable. He just seems to be on a highlight every night doing something amazing." - Sheldon Souray
"Everybody is coached so well, every defenceman knows how to play the one-on-one. It's very rare that you see it and he can beat people clean. He can create chances from nothing, really. I just think he's got everything you could want. He's a great skater, he's a great stickhandler, good one-on-one and he's got a really good work ethic. He's the best player consistently." - Daniel Alfredsson
"He's for real. He's not only going to be rookie of the year but could outright win the goal-scoring race, which -- for a 20-year-old -- is unbelievable. Not only is he doing it, he's doing it against everybody. It's the way he's doing it, how he's doing it, where he's doing it." - Barry Melrose, ESPN
"He has a great shot, a really quick release. A couple of goals he's scored, you can't even see the puck." - Sergei Samsonov
"He is by far the best player in the National Hockey League under the age of 25." - Bryan Smolinski
"He is young, but he's already a great player. I think he's going to have a huge future. The way he skates, the way he throws the hits. He has size. He has power. What I really like about him: it doesn't matter what the score is. He goes out there and plays hard every shift." - Pavel Bure
"I've got to tell you, I love the kid. He's the only guy I've ever coached against who scored a goal and blew me a kiss. Pretty good goal too. You can see he loves to play." - Wayne Gretzky
"Crosby is a great player, but I'd have to say Ovechkin, who is also a great player but doesn't have the same kind of support, and who does something great on almost every shift." - Jaromir Jagr
"He's the kind of player that is worth the price of admission." - Jay Feaster, Senior VP/GM, Tampa Bay Lightning
"The more you hit him, the more physical he gets and the more into it he gets as well." - Jay Harrison
"Alex is a once in a generation player--and an even better person--we are lucky and proud to have him here in Washington DC." - Ted Leonsis, majority owner--Washington Capitals (ovechkinfans.com exclusive - thanks Ted!)
"More and more players are talking about this guy like they're fans of his." - Brendan Shanahan
"He's the best player in the league. That's not saying anything (bad) about a lot of players in this league, but he's the best I've seen. His release on his shot, the way he moves with the puck, you understand why he's the first pick right there." - Curtis Sanford
"He's got more moves... you think you know one move, then he pulls another one on you. Then you look at that shootout goal. It was just off his stick like a rocket." - Blues coach, Mike Kitchen
"I think Ovechkin is the best. I don't think Crosby and Svatos are quite on his level right now. He should win. If you ask most other players around the league, they will tell you Ovechkin should win." - Pavol Demitra
"That was pretty sweet. You know, he's a phenomenal player, and he's been a tremendous influence in the game. It's great to see, because he is that good." - Wayne Gretzky, after AO's 32nd goal.
"That was the best performance I've ever seen, including guys I've played with and played against, by far. It's great for the team, it's great for the league." - Jeff Friesen
"He keeps on doing stuff like this. Just when I thought I've seen it all, he does something else. He did a lot of things tonight that were pretty impressive. I think you got a pretty good idea of what a force he is." - Capitals coach, Glen Hanlon
"He did everything he had to do to dominate the game, he was a force out there. I think at times we stood around and were in awe of him. We got beat by a very special player. He's the real deal." - Ducks coach, Randy Carlyle
"He wants the puck, he wants to do things with it, and he's good at it." - Scott Niedermeyer
"Some guys work hard and get a little better. Some guys just have it. The great ones I think are all like that, and he's one of those kids I'm sure was great from the beginning of time." - Rod Brind'Amour
"He's got a tremendous will to score." - Paul Kariya
"He's got great speed, great moves, and he's a great one-on-one guy." - Dany Heatley
"He's Kovalchuk when Kovalchuk started. He'll go in traffic 100 miles per hour. He doesn't care about getting hurt because he's so big. Now Kovalchuk sits back looking for one-timers." - Martin Brodeur
"He could really shoot it, he's got an amazing shot." - Leafs coach, Pat Quinn
"Physically it's surprising how many hits he gets, and how he enjoys that side." - Jarome Iginla
"He's got a great shot, and he gets his shot away very quickly." - Rhett Warrener
"There's not a lot of players in the league that will challenge guys 1-on-2 and make a play like that. He has no fear. He goes at everybody and challenges them." - Sean Burke
"Ovechkin has the total package." - Predators coach, Barry Trotz
"Having him has made us feel we can win every game." - Capitals Captain, Jeff Halpern
"He's generated excitement in the building again." - Olaf Kolzig
"Oh my goodness. Absolutely destroyed, by Alexander Ovechkin." - Capitals announcer, Joe Beninati
"If I lived in Washington I'd pay whatever the season-ticket price is just to watch (Ovechkin) play. To me, he's a special player who comes around once every 10 years. He's unbelievable." - Flyers coach, Ken Hitchcock
"I don't really think about the contract right now. I just think about my game and what I have to do better and that's it."
"Nobody ever tells me to give them a pass or anything. My job is to score goals, and if I don't shoot the puck, I can't score goals."
"That's hockey. You never know what's going to happen. It's a tough sport. No tooth, a broken nose, but I'm looking good [laughs]."
"Today was a special day," Ovechkin said with a smile. "I broke my nose, have stitches (and) score four goals. Everything (went) to my face."
"I'm okay. Russian machine never breaks." (after being hit on the leg with a shot)
"I saw something white coming at me. I thought, 'Damn, he got me.'" (on the shaving cream incident)
"It was because I didn't score and I had lots of moments. Finally I score goal, and I say, 'Thank you, God!' And we win game."
"I think it's the best moment of my career. I play on a good team in the best league in the world."
"Everybody in my country is jumping and drinking lots of vodka. We did it and we beat a great team." (following Russia's win over Canada at the Olympics)
"I'm having a lot of fun and love the NHL! For all my fans in Russia and in Washington I hope to bring the Stanley Cup home to you soon."
"That was lucky. Best score, oh yeah. I just went down and try shoot and score goal. Clark came to me and said, 'You scored,' and I said, 'Wow.' I saw replay, it was beautiful." (on his 32nd goal)
"If I win the bonus, I'm glad. If I didn't win this bonus, it's okay. I came here for my dream. If I want money, I could stay in Russia and make three million bucks."
"When I see a little boy, I remember when I was little and I used to stand and wait for some guy I would go to after a game. They are fans, and they want my signature. They live in Washington, and they are fans of our team. I think if I signed 10 signatures and there were 20 more fans waiting and I didn't sign for them also, they would want to know why, and I would feel bad. If you have time, why not sign them all?"
"If I'm playing hockey, I want to win all the (trophies) I can."
"For me, it doesn't matter where I play. If coach says I must play goalie, I will play goalie."
"If people compare me to Michael Jordan, I'm glad."
"I want to win the Stanley Cup. I want to be the best, just the best. I must work. I must learn. Help my team. Hockey is my life, you know. If I do not play hockey, I do not know what I do."
"My weapon isn't my shot. It's me."
"I'm going to play as much time as they give me. I'm only 20, and I have a wagon and a carriage full of power."
"When I have a chance to shoot, I like to shoot it. I love scoring goals. But I'm trying to help the team win games. If we win and I score, I'm really happy."
"I saw the rebound and when the puck came to me, I said, oh my God, puck, I must shoot."
"Let's wait and see [who will receive more attention] at the end of the season."