CCM Star Alexander Ovechkin Wins Calder Memorial Trophy
Montreal, Quebec (Canada), June 23, 2006 - CCM would like to congratulate Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the top rookie in the National Hockey League for his outstanding play during the 2005-06 season.
Alexander "the GR8" struck fear into opposing goalies during his first season in North America leading all rookies in goals (52) and points (106), while finishing 3rd amongst all NHL players in both of those categories. The Russian winger became only the second rookie in the history of the NHL to break both the 50-goal and 100-point barriers.
Ovechkin fired an astonishing (425) shots on goal with his CCM Vector 10.0 one-piece stick, easily leading the NHL in that category. Alexander not only led Washington in scoring but he finished a remarkable (49) points ahead of the second place scorer on the Capitals, which was the biggest point separation between first and second on any NHL team.
"We knew early on that Alexander would be a great addition to our CCM team of elite players", said Len Rhodes, Vice President of Global Marketing at CCM Hockey. "He had an outstanding rookie campaign that was recognized by the NHL with the award he received last night. We look forward to his continued input towards our product creation and we will keep developing innovative products to help support his talents."
About the Calder Memorial Trophy
The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.
From 1936-37 until his death in 1943, Frank Calder, former NHL President, bought a trophy each year to be given permanently to the outstanding rookie. After Calder's death, the NHL presented the Calder Memorial Trophy in his memory and the trophy is to be kept in perpetuity.