EA Sports has teamed up with Sportsnet and debuted their collaborative mini-series documentary – From Alex to Ovi: The Story of the Great Eight, in celebration of the recently announced NHL 21 cover athlete, Alex Ovechkin.

Episode One takes a deep look into Ovechkin’s upbringing in Russia, finding his love for hockey in his early years and immediate jump from Russian teenager to global phenom.

For the second time in his storied career, Alex Ovechkin has been selected as the cover athlete of the EA Sports NHL series, appearing on the cover of NHL 21 over a decade after his first appearance on the cover of NHL 07. Since that time, Ovechkin has redefined flair in the hockey world, and his vibrant personality has not only inspired a next generation of hockey players, but also the next generation of hockey video games. NHL 21 promotes creativity, personality and greatness – something that the game’s cover star has been setting the standard for over the past 16+ years.

NHL 21 is scheduled to release on October 16 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Credit: EA Sports Presents – From Alex to Ovi: The Story of the Great Eight – Episode 1 – Operation Sports