Alex Ovechkin officially signs with Dynamo Moscow

Wednesday September 19th, 2012
Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Ovechkin signed to play with his former team, the Dynamo Moscow, amid the NHL lockout. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin officially signed with the Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League according to Reuters. Although Ovechkin reportedly had a more lucrative offer from CSKA, he opted to play for his hometown team.

"I'm happy to be playing in my home town," the Washington Capitals left wing, who won back-to-back Hart Trophies as the NHL Most Valuable Player in 2008 and 2009, told local media. "I'll be wearing my old 32 number, the same one I had when I was playing for Dynamo a few years ago," he said after taking part in a Dynamo training session on Wednesday.

Ovechkin made his professional debut for the Dynamo in 2001. He was selected as the no. 1 pick by the Capitals in the 2004 draft, and he led the team with 38 goals last season. Ovechkin joins a growing list of NHL players who have signed overseas contracts amid the NHL lockout including Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

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