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But so far he has never played or won for a title.
Ovechkin is the last in a long list of megastars who, despite their productive achievements, have never won a championship. The 32-year-old will try to break this list in the next week or two with a win over the Las Vegas Golden Knights. In the meantime, here's a look at Ovechkin and nine other stars in the sports world who have always found a championship hard to find.
19 Seasons | 2,528 games | 0 Playoff appearances
The man known as "Mr. Cub" is arguably the best player ever to fight for one of the most iconic sports franchises – and he never made it to the postseason. The two-time MVP and the 14-time All-Star approached in 1969, but the Chicago Cubs lost 17 out of 25 on the track and landed just outside the playoffs, which at the time consisted of only four teams.
17 Seasons | 242 games | 10 Playoff appearances
Marino threw for more than 61,000 yards and 420 touchdowns, and he led the Miami Dolphins to Super Bowl XIX in 1985. But the Dolphins suffered a one-sided loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and Marino never gotten it another shot in the title game. "If there's anyone who has ever earned a Super Bowl (ring)," said John Elway "it was him."
11 seasons | 160 games | 8 Playoff Appearances
Perhaps no one on this list was so often interested in winning a championship as Kelly. For four years in a row, he led the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl. And four years in a row they went empty-handed, including a 20-19 Heartbreaker against the New York Giants in 1991.
22 Seasons | 2,986 games | 7 Playoff Appearances
Bonds will most likely be remembered as a central figure in the steroid era – the controversial native king. But a 4-1 loss for the Anaheim Angels in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series kept him out of the ring, and he made just one more playoff appearance afterward.
24 Seasons | 3,034 games | 3 Playoff appearances
It is a bit deceptive to say that Cobb only reached the postseason three times because in the early 1900s the "postseason" was just the World Series. Cobb and the Detroit Tigers made it there in 1907, 1908 and 1909, but lost all three – and perhaps most notable – were eliminated in the last game of each series.
Karl Malone / John Stockton
18 seasons together | 1,422 games together | 18 Playoff appearances
It's impossible to talk about one without the other. Stockton and Malone joined the playoffs in each of their 18 seasons, including three trips to the Conference Finals and two finals appearances. But they never got past Michael Jordan and the legendary Chicago Bulls teams of the late 1990s.
13 Seasons | 1,003 games | 10 Playoff Appearances
It is notable that Ovechkin had never reached the final of the Eastern Conference before this season, given Washington's track record. Only four players in NHL history have achieved more career goals than Ovechkins 607 and never won the Stanley Cup  MORE: Capitals and Golden Knights are unlikely Stanley Cup rivals with unique connections
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20 seasons | 2,440 games | 3 Playoff appearances
Although Gwynn only completed three consecutive appearances in a career spanning two decades, two of them were on World Series tours. Unfortunately for Gwynn, however, both resulted in bleeding losses for his San Diego Padres, despite his .371 batting average in the fall classics.
17 Seasons | 1,183 games | 13 Playoff appearances
Ewing led Georgetown to a 1984 championship, was voted No. 1 overall in the 1985 draft, and made 11 All-Star appearances in his NBA career. But his two trips to the NBA Finals were foiled by Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson. "He has not won a championship," said Jeff Van Gundy, former coach of New York Knicks, to ESPN in 2002. "But he has led himself as a champion and tried more to win a championship than anyone else."
15 Seasons | 218 games | 7 Playoff appearances
Moss managed five Pro Bowls with the Minnesota Vikings in seven seasons, but never reached a Super Bowl the New England Patriots in 2007 and San Francisco 49ers in 2012, he narrowly fell. Both games were decided by only three points.
- Charles Barkley (16 seasons | 1,073 games | 13 playoff appearances)
- Rod Carew (19 seasons | 2,469 games | 4 playoff appearances)
- Ken Griffey Jr. (19659042) 22 seasons | 2,671 games | 3 playoff appearances)
- Paul Kariya (15 seasons | 989 games | 6 playoff appearances)
- Eric Lindros (13 seasons | 760 games | 6 playoff appearances)
- Ba rry Sanders (10 seasons | 153 games | 5 playoff appearances)
- Ted Williams (19 seasons | 2,292 games | 1 playoff appearance)
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