Alex Ovechkin is the most popular athlete in Washington, D.C.
He is the best player on the best team in the NHL and it could be argued that he is the best hockey player on the planet.
But when it came to NHLshop.com jersey sales since the start of the 2015-16 season, "The Great 8" couldn't crack the top 5.
Ovechkin finished sixth in jersey sales, behind the likes of Montreal's Carey Price, Boston's Patrice Bergeron, New York's Henrik Lundqvist and Chicago's dynamic duo of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
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It should come as no surprise to see the likes of Toews, Kane and Lunqvist ahead of Ovechkin.
The Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions and Kane is en route to becoming the first American in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy. Henrik Lundqvist is the best goaltender on the planet and the face of hockey in New York City.
While Carey Price's 2014-15 season was historic — he claimed the Hart and Lindsay awards for outstanding play and the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender — he missed a majority of the season with a knee injury.
Bergeron had a strong season for the Bruins, despite the team's late-season collapse that kept them out of the playoffs. Boston is known for hockey more so than Washington, D.C., but considering the Capitals just completed an historic regular season, one would think it would translate to jersey sales.
Perhaps Braden Holtby is to blame for syphoning jersey sales away from Ovechkin. After all, he had a pretty incredible season too.