In The Game has announced that Alexander Ovechkin will make his return to the company's hockey card products.
Ovechkin is set to make his In The Game comeback in the Canada Vs. The World series, which releases in the early Fall of 2011. He will also be featured soon after in Captain-C and Ultimate Memorabilia 11th Edition.
Back in 2004-05, In The Game featured Ovechkin, as an International Prospect, in the first-ever release of Heroes and Prospects. The hobby's reaction to that brand was extremely positive and Heroes and Prospects has become an annual tradition. Ovechkin was a part of many other great releases over the years and his return will allow the company to make more of his cards for In The Game collectors.
"Alexander is one of the most exciting and talented hockey players in the world today and we were the first card company to feature him one cards before he made it to the NHL," said In The Game's President, Dr. Brian Price. "We have had a long working relationship with Alex and are excited about his return to our products."
Since making his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin has been one of the most popular players in the hobby and he has had a great deal of success on the ice with the Washington Capitals. The first overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, he won the Calder Trophy during his rookie campaign. He went on to lead the league in goals on two occasions and has received numerous awards including the Hart Trophy in 2007-08 and 2008-09. In 2010-11, he was able to reach the 300-goal plateau.
"In The Game has always listened to collectors and has consistently succeeded in delivering them the players they want to see," said Price. "Next season is going to be loaded with many surprises and we sincerely hope that even more hobbyists will begin to collect the cards we produce.