After a year and a half with a a rock on her left hand, Maria Kirilenko has called off the engagement with the Capitals superstar.While speaking to the Russian media, the tennis pro acknowledged they were no longer together, for “a lot of reasons.” UPDATE 01/08/2013: Alex Ovechkin’s open book approach to his personal life continues.With the 2004–05 NHL lockout cancelling the season, Ovechkin remained in Russia until 2005, joining the Capitals for the 2005–06 season.
Internationally Ovechkin has represented Russia in multiple tournaments.
His first IIHF tournament was the 2002 World U18 Championship.
Ovechkin began playing in the Russian Super League (RSL) in Dynamo Moscow at the age of 16.
Making his professional debut in the 2001–02 season, he scored four points in 21 games.
He led the league in points, winning the Art Ross Trophy, and also won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player and Lester B.
Pearson Award as the best player as voted on by the NHL Players' Association.
In terms of Russian hockey/tennis couples, it seems this pairing is only rivaled by that of Sergei Federov and Anna Kournikova in the 1990s.
Hopefully for Ovechkin, and Caps fans, happiness in his personal life will lead to success on the ice.
Ovechkin's first senior tournament was the 2004 World Championship, and he also played in the World Cup that year.
Ovechkin has also played for Russia at the Winter Olympics in 2006, 2010, and 2014.
The Russian tennis star is currently ranked #27 in the world (and peaked at 18 in July, 2008). Maria made the finals of the 2011 Australian doubles finals, though has never made a single finals appearance in a Grand Slam event, nor won a doubles title.