Ovechkin shared the photo shortly before announcing his engagement on Twitter. (via @ovi8)


After dating for a little more than a year, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko are engaged. Ovechkin confirmed the news himself Monday morning on Twitter.  


Back in September, when Ovechkin arrived in Washington to prepare for the start of the 2012-13 season before it was derailed by the lockout, the left wing discussed how much fun he had playing the role of doting boyfriend during the offseason.

Ovechkin spent the summer attending all of Kirilenko’s tennis tournaments, including Wimbledon and the 2012 London Olympics, serving as an occasional practice partner and carrying her bag. During that conversation, Ovechkin offered a glimpse into their relationship.

“We have a good relationship,” Ovechkin said. “It’s always nice to have that kind of person around you. It’s good.”