Tuesday June 26th, 2012

Alex Ovechkin Alexander Ovechkin, pictured here with the 2012 Ice Hockey World Championship trophy, won an entirely different kind of award this week. (Kirill Kudryavtsev, Getty Images)

Washington Capitals left winger Alexander Ovechkin wasn't as spectacular as usual the past two seasons. Instead of chalking up 50-plus goals and assists, he only made about 30 of each. Instead of leading the Capitals to first place in the Eastern Conference's Southeast Division as he had the previous four seasons, the team finished second.

Apparently, that was enough of a dip for Ovechkin to come out on top of Washingtonian Magazine's "Worst local Athlete" list, just one year removed from winning the exact opposite honor in the same magazine (also via The Washington Post).  The distinctions were awarded as part of Washingtonian's annual "Best of D.C." issue, in which awards are given based on a poll conducted by the magazine. Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche, who has had no shortage of on- and off-court issues in his time in the nation's capital, was named "also unpopular" -- a runner up of sorts -- both this year and last.

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