The rivalry between Alexander Ovechkin (Russia) and Sydney Crosby (Canada) has captivated ice hockey fans for the past 12 years.
And a trip down memory lane to talk to a teenage Ovechkin reveals that the game’s great duel started long before the pair hit the heights of the NHL.
The Olympic Channel’s Before They Were Superstars series meets Ovechkin at 18 in Moscow, back when he was considered one of the sport’s most exciting prospects in years.
The Russian has fulfilled his potential and is now one of the finest players in the world, having lit up Olympic Games as well as the NHL as captain of the Washington Capitals.
“I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I want to be the best player in the world,” the teenage Ovechkin says in this revealing insight into one of the giants of modern sport.