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Ovechkin and the key to D.C.

Alex Ovechkin became the first Washington Capitals player to be named NHL MVP when he won the Hart Trophy following the 2008 season. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty gave Ovechkin a ceremonial key to the city in honor of the achievement.

Standing on the steps of the Wilson Building, home of the mayor's offices, Ovechkin addressed the crowd:

"It's a big honor to stand here today," Ovechkin told approximately 500 fans, who chanted "M-V-P" as the 22-year-old left wing stepped to the podium. "Thank you for your support. You are unbelievable, guys. I love you."
Then Ovechkin, who is known for his love of exotic sports cars, cracked: "Today is a big day; I have the key for the city. I am president this day in the city. For one day. So everybody have fun -- no speed limit."

Click here to view The Post's video from Ovechkin's ceremony with Mayor Fenty.

By John Kiernan  |  January 11, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey  
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