On Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 the Washington Capitals left winger, Alex Ovechkin, made history in the record books of the National Hockey League by scoring his 700th NHL goal. He has been one of the best goal scorers over the course of his illustrious career in professional hockey. He has now reached a milestone that only eight players in NHL history have accomplished, and he isn’t done just yet.
Ovechkin now joins Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito and Mike Gartner in this elusive club of all time great ice hockey players. Gretzky holds the all-time career NHL record for goals scored with 894, but Ovechkin is on pace to possibly surpass that seemingly unreachable achievement.
The hard hitting puck slapper drained his 700th historic career goal on the road against the New Jersey Devils in the third period of last Saturday’s hockey game. His Washington Capitals did end up suffering a 3 – 2 loss on this legendary occasion. Currently the Capitals are at the top of the Metropolitan Division with a solid 82 points which is good for the third best record in the Eastern Conference of the NHL.
Ovechkin is the second youngest player in the National Hockey League to reach the 700 mark behind of course Gretzky. He was only 29 years old when he accomplished that milestone back in 1991, and only 886 games compared to “Ovies” 1,143 games to get to 700 goals. Alex is the first Russian player to reach 700 NHL goals.
Ovechkin’s Career Accomplishments Awards and Honors
Ovechkin is a Stanley Cup champion (2018). He has won the Conn Smythe Trophy winner (2018), Prince of Wales Trophy winner (2018), 3 time Hart Memorial Trophy winner (2008, 2009, 2013), Art Ross Trophy winner (2008), 3 time Lester B. Pearson Award / Ted Lindsay Award winner (2008, 2009, 2010), 8 time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner (2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019), Calder Memorial Trophy winner (2006), and Presidents’ Trophy winner 3 times (2010, 2016, 2017).
Ovechkin was selected to the NHL All Star Game 11 times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) as well as the NHL All Rookie Team in 2006. He was named to the NHL First All Star Team 8 times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2019), and the NHL Second All Star Team 4 times (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016). He has also won the NHL All Star Game Super Skills Competition “Hardest Shot” in 2018 as well as the NHL All Star Game Super Skills Competition “Breakaway Challenge” on three occasions (2008, 2009, 2011). Ovechkin is one of the greatest NHL players of all time and he has plenty of professional hockey left in him as he is only 34 years old right now.
Ovechkin's NHL Career Regular Season Statistics
Ovechkin's NHL Career Playoff Statistics
"It's a special moment," Ovechkin stated. "When you get closer you start thinking when it's going to happen. Finally, it's over so we don't have to talk about it anymore. We're going to move on."
"It was obviously a matter of time, but that was a huge goal for us at the time," Washington Capitals head coach, Todd Rierden explained. "Amazing to be able to watch it live and in person. To be able to go through the last six years with [Ovechkin] has been amazing to watch. Certainly a superstar in my time, the best goal-scorer that I've ever seen."
"I knew even if I didn't score today, we still have 20 games, so one goal I would score," Ovechkin expressed. "It's pretty good company. I am happy to be there."
"It's always special to be in that category but I would say without my team, without my family, without the fans, the support that I have I would never reach that milestone," says Ovechkin. "We have to continue to create history."
"I'm still playing," Ovechkin replied. "But after the year, yeah, I'm pretty sure me and my family and my friends are going to talk about it."
"Obviously we're a little struggling right now, a little tight in our shoulders," Ovechkin proclaimed. "We have to fight through this and everything is going to be OK."
“Capitals' Alex Ovechkin collects No. 700 against Devils”, espn.com, February 22, 2020.
“Alex Ovechkin”, hockey-reference.com, February 25, 2020.