After weeks of waiting for travel arrangements to come together Alex Ovechkin announced Thursday on Twitter that he will make the trip to Olympia Greece to be the first Russian to carry the Olympic torch after it is lit there Sunday.

“I’m very excited and I’ve been waiting this day since I get the news they invite me because it was pretty hard to do that with the schedule and all that stuff” Ovechkin said after practicing with the Capitals. “It’s very big honor for me to be the first guy.”

Ovechkin 28 is the face of Russian hockey and he will be showcased throughout the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He was originally invited by the Russian Federation to participate in the torch lighting ceremony in August but knew that his attendance couldn’t take away from his responsibilities with the Capitals.

He immediately sought permission from the organization to take part in the ceremony and the Capitals understand that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the star winger.