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Ovechkin announces engagement to Kirilenko

Published time: January 01, 2013 08:48
Edited time: January 01, 2013 14:23
Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko (RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov)

Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko (RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov)

Russian sports stars Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko have announced they are planning to tie the knot after a year of dating.

''We are engaged !!!!!!! ))))))))),'' the Washington Capitals forward and two-time NHL MVP wrote on Twitter on New Year’s Eve.

A few minutes later, Ovechkin's agent David Abrutyn tweeted congratulations to the star couple.

The 27-year-old ice hockey star has played for Dynamo Moscow during the NHL lockout, while Kirilenko, 25, sits at 14th in the world rankings as she prepares for the upcoming WTA season.

The two have been dating for about a year, with Kirilenko occasionally appearing at Ovechkin’s games in the capitals of both the US and Russia, while the NHL star was Kirilenko’s number-one fan at the 2012 London Olympics.

Hockey player Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitol looks on as Maria Kirilenko of Russia plays against Greta Arn of Hungary during Day Four of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2012 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City (Cameron Spencer / Getty Images / AFP)
Hockey player Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitol looks on as Maria Kirilenko of Russia plays against Greta Arn of Hungary during Day Four of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2012 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City (Cameron Spencer / Getty Images / AFP)