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'Surprise Ovi' Featuring Alexander Ovechkin Becomes NHL's GIF of the Year

© AFP 2021 / Rob Carr/Getty ImagesAlex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck against the Dallas Stars at Capital One Arena on 8 October 2019 in Washington, DC
Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck against the Dallas Stars at Capital One Arena on 8 October 2019 in Washington, DC - Sputnik International
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In early 2020, Russian left-winger Alexander Ovechkin, captain of Washington Capitals, scored his 700th goal in the National Hockey League's (NHL) regular seasons, becoming the eighth player in history — and the only still active in the league — to reach this milestone.

Washington Capitals' captain Alexander Ovechkin has scored yet another goal... however, this time it was not on the ice-hockey rink but in the hearts of hockey fans.

A gif featuring the Russian left-winger has won the "Best GIF" nomination at the NHL Fan Choice Awards that is held annually.

A funny moment with Ovechkin occurred in October 2019 during a warm-up before a regular season match with Toronto. A cameraman focused the camera on a child on the podium when the Russian player suddenly burst into the frame. 

​The gif got slightly more than 31 percent of fans' votes, outperforming a video with Colorado forward Gabriel Landeskog and Anaheim goalkeeper Ryan Miller.

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