One of the greatest NHL Players of all time, Washington Capital left winger Alex Ovechkin, 37, is on the cusp of reaching another substantial milestone in his career. He needs 16 more goals to surpass the great Gordie Howe (801) for second all-time on the NHL scoring list and become just the third player to ever score 800 goals, with Howe and Wayne Gretzky (894) being the only other two to achieve such a feat. He’s also just one goal away from passing Howe’s record of 786 with one team after scoring one in a 3-2 loss Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday.
Ovechkin was the No.1 overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, and he has lived up to those expectations and then some as a top overall pick.
The 2018 Stanley Cup Champion and eight-time NHL first All-Star team selection stated his loyalty to his team and his gratitude for what’s to come: "I'm always saying to stay on one team for all of my career is my goal,” Ovechkin said, “Obviously, I'm lucky enough to be able to do that kind of stuff, so it's pretty cool."
Ovechkin holding the Conn Smythe Trophy with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in 2018
He’ll assuredly break Howe’s record for most goals by a player for a single team in the coming games and should pass him for second all-time on the NHL scoring list, as he has shown no signs of slowing down, scoring 50 goals last season which tied the NHL record of nine with at least 50 in a season, and already having four goals through nine games in the early part of the season for the Capitals.
Reaching the pinnacle in winning the Stanley Cup in 2018 was the crowning achievement in his illustrious career, but his longevity has been nothing short of otherworldly.
"I feel happy, I feel comfortable in the organization, “ Ovechkin said.”I have lots of friends here. It's pretty cool."
The Capitals currently with a (5-4-2) record early in the season. Ovechkin and the crew will try to turn things around as the season progresses. However, the tides may turn, so let's enjoy the greatness in what seems to be an ageless legend that we shouldn’t take for granted, because we may never see this level of excellence, longevity, and devotion to a sole franchise ever again in an era where leaving for greener pastures is the norm.