Alex Ovechkin has missed only 17 out of a possible 1,164 games due to injury. No forward has played more minutes since 2005.
On January 10, 2008, Alex Ovechkin, the first overall pick of the 2004 NHL Draft, signed a 13-year, $124 million contract, becoming the first player in NHL history to receive a $100 million deal. While Ovechkin’s greatness and potential were unquestioned at the time, fans and analysts wondered if he would have the durability and consistency to live up to the deal. Spoiler alert: Why Yes. Yes, he did.
Monday, Ovechkin sat out against the Montreal Canadiens, serving a one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star Game. The missed game, according to a fantastic tweet by Capitals Radio’s Ben Raby, was the 31st time in his historic 15-year career Ovechkin has been sidelined. Further, Raby reported Ovechkin has only missed 17 out of a possible 1,164 games due to injury.