WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The Washington Capitals are being sued by a Russian hockey team over who has contract rights to their leading scorer.
Alex Ovechkin was drafted by the Capitals in 2004 and began playing this season.
The Washington Post reports the Moscow Dynamo Friday filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington to stop Ovechkin from playing any further for the Capitals.
He was served papers before the teams game against Montreal Saturday morning.
Dynamo said Ovechkin's move to the United States violated a previous contract.
NHL and Capitals officials say they feel confident going into court, but a Russian arbitration board had already ruled in the Dynamo's favor.
The Dynamo are not looking for Ovechkin to return to Moscow but rather compensation that could reach into the millions of dollars.
Ovechkin has 21 points and scored 15 goals so far this season and is already a rookie of the year candidate.