"Ovi" as the world often refers to him as, is more than likely the uncontested most exciting player in the world of hockey right now. He scores goals, he plays all out 100% every game & is an entertaining off ice interview at times. He seems unstoppable. Imagine if Superman were playing pro hockey. He might be confused with Alexander Ovechkin.
Team Russia knows that Alex can score, they know he can change a game with 1 rush, they know he wont take a night off. Seeing Ovi playing for the country must give every Russian fan goosebumps at the prospect of their team in a tight game, late in the period, and seeing #8 jump over the boards to join the play. Because everytime he hits the ice, you truly wonder "whats he going to do this time?". More than often, the answer is "score an amazing goal". They know as long as Ovi is there, they always have a chance to win.
With a Calder, an Art Ross, 2 Richard,s 2 Harts & 2 Pearson trophies in his show case at the NHL level, he will be one of the crown jewels on display at the Olympics for the NHL.
He has a World Championship, and World Junior Championship. So far, he has yet to strike Olympic Gold though. This is something he plans to rectify in Vancouver, whether he has to do it all alone or, whether he can rely on the glut of elite talent he is surrounded by to help him out.
As a strong supporter of the 2014 Olympic games in Kochi, Russia, and openly stating he will play in them regardless if the NHL does, its no wonder that he is so adored in Russia.
The only thing Alex wants more than to play in 2014 Olympics right now is an Olympic gold medal in 2010. The only thing that might get in his way of winning one could be Kryptonite.