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The Ovechkin Project: From Olympic Glory to the Stanley Cup, a Russian Hockey Genius' Modest Bid for World Domination
Author(s): Damien Cox; Gare Joyce
Alexander Ovechkin possesses something more than talent for the game of hockey. He is a nonpareil. He stands utterly apart on the ice-and off. The culture of hockey favors the soft-spoken and the modest-bland is better than bold. And the culture of the game is founded on the collective rather than the individual-no one is bigger than the team or the game. Ovechkin, however, is an iconoclast who has never come across a convention that he believes should limit him nor held an opinion that he hasn't seen fit to announce.
In The Ovechkin Project, two of North America's best-known hockey writers, Gare Joyce and Damien Cox, tackle the tale of the world's most mercurial hockey talent today. Ovechkin has, since the day he entered the NHL, taken the league and the hockey world by storm, brought a new era of commercial success to the U.S. capital and generated a remarkable rivalry with Canada's golden boy, Sidney Crosby. He is the most compelling figure in the game, and Joyce and Cox will show how Oveckhin came to be the star he is today, one of the few hockey players in history to truly transcend the sport.
Together, Joyce and Cox probe Ovechkin's impact on the sport and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the NHL's most prolific goal-scorer:
- His elite sports pedigree, growing up in the Russian minor and junior systems and representing Russia in the World Juniors.
- Why he negotiates his own contracts, and how he did the deal for his 13-year, $124 million extension in 2008
- What it was like to score what some say is the greatest goal ever
- What it's like to be such a young leader, taking his hockey team from worst to first in their division in just three short years.
Number of Pages: 320
Book Popularity Rank: 95,647
Release Date: September 21st, 2010
List Price: $26.95