DavidGreen
Posted by DavidGreen
Feb 26, 2020

Introduction

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

          Scoring         Goals       Assists     Shots     Ice Time                  
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV Awards
2005-06 20 WSH NHL 81 52 54 106 2 52 28 21 3 5 23 31 0 425 12.2   1751 21:37               AS-1,Calder-1,Hart-6
2006-07 21 WSH NHL 82 46 46 92 -19 52 30 16 0 8 25 21 0 392 11.7   1754 21:23               AS-1,AS-9,Hart-22
2007-08 22 WSH NHL 82 65 47 112 28 40 43 22 0 11 32 15 0 446 14.6 772 1894 23:06 7 11 38.9 44 220 68 93 AS-1,Byng-9,Hart-1,Pearson-1,Richard-1,Ross-1,Selke-30
2008-09 23 WSH NHL 79 56 54 110 8 72 36 19 1 10 27 27 0 528 10.6 875 1817 23:00 8 24 25 32 243 60 107 AS-10,AS-1,Hart-1,Pearson-1,Richard-1,Selke-50
2009-10 24 WSH NHL 72 50 59 109 45 89 37 13 0 7 36 23 0 368 13.6 665 1569 21:48 10 12 45.5 20 181 66 75 AS-1,AS-9,Hart-2,Pearson-1,Selke-28
2010-11 25 WSH NHL 79 32 53 85 24 41 25 7 0 11 36 17 0 367 8.7 651 1688 21:22 6 12 33.3 23 239 48 58 AS-2,Hart-14
2011-12 26 WSH NHL 78 38 27 65 -8 26 25 13 0 3 17 10 0 303 12.5 565 1544 19:48 6 9 40 42 215 34 51 AS-10
2012-13 27 WSH NHL 48 32 24 56 2 36 16 16 0 4 13 11 0 220 14.5 441 1002 20:53 0 1 0 18 120 30 25 AS-2,AS-1,Hart-1,Richard-1
2013-14 28 WSH NHL 78 51 28 79 -35 48 27 24 0 10 12 15 1 386 13.2 693 1603 20:33 2 1 66.7 22 204 32 48 AS-2,Hart-23,Richard-1
2014-15 29 WSH NHL 81 53 28 81 10 58 28 25 0 11 19 9 0 395 13.4 724 1646 20:20 2 3 40 32 259 45 58 AS-1,Hart-2,Richard-1
2015-16 30 WSH NHL 79 50 21 71 21 53 31 19 0 8 16 5 0 398 12.6 691 1604 20:19 0 0   34 225 24 50 AS-2,AS-7,Hart-6,Richard-1
2016-17 31 WSH NHL 82 33 36 69 6 50 16 17 0 7 27 9 0 313 10.5 582 1506 18:22 0 1 0 29 216 29 46 AS-3,Hart-12
2017-18 32 WSH NHL 82 49 38 87 3 32 32 17 0 7 24 14 0 355 13.8 653 1652 20:09 3 5 37.5 21 139 25 71 AS-3,Hart-9,Richard-1,Smythe-1
2018-19 33 WSH NHL 81 51 38 89 7 40 33 18 0 5 28 10 0 338 15.1 628 1695 20:55 1 4 20 41 223 47 70 AS-1,Hart-7,Richard-1
2019-20 34 WSH NHL 61 42 17 59 -14 30 30 12 0 3 12 5 0 286 14.7 522 1278 20:57 1 0 100 24 166 27 43  
Career   15 yrs NHL 1145 700 570 1270 80 719 437 259 4 110 347 222 1 5520 12.7 9279 24005 20:58 46 83 35.7 382 2650 535 795  

Ovechkin's NHL Career Playoff Statistics

            Scoring         Goals       Shots     Ice Time                
Season Age Tm Lg   GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2007-08 22 WSH NHL   7 4 5 9 -1 0 3 1 0 2 37 10.8 78 168 24:03:00 0 1 0 4 32 5 9
2008-09 23 WSH NHL   14 11 10 21 10 8 8 3 0 1 90 12.2 180 327 23:21 4 2 66.7 5 54 12 24
2009-10 24 WSH NHL   7 5 5 10 5 0 4 1 0 0 34 14.7 74 162 23:06 1 1 50 1 26 2 5
2010-11 25 WSH NHL   9 5 5 10 -1 10 4 1 0 1 34 14.7 103 212 23:30 3 0 100 3 40 3 14
2011-12 26 WSH NHL   14 5 4 9 -2 8 3 2 0 1 50 10 89 278 19:51 1 0 100 14 58 2 10
2012-13 27 WSH NHL   7 1 1 2 -2 4 0 1 0 0 30 3.3 70 145 20:44 0 0   6 34 2 4
2014-15 29 WSH NHL   14 5 4 9 -3 6 4 1 0 0 61 8.2 143 279 19:57 1 0 100 7 57 5 14
2015-16 30 WSH NHL   12 5 7 12 3 2 2 3 0 1 62 8.1 139 256 21:19 0 0   5 59 6 3
2016-17 31 WSH NHL   13 5 3 8 -4 8 3 2 0 0 49 10.2 98 253 19:30 0 0   8 61 7 5
2017-18 32 WSH NHL SC 24 15 12 27 8 8 9 6 0 2 99 15.2 212 497 20:44 0 0   14 81 14 17
2018-19 33 WSH NHL   7 4 5 9 -2 19 1 3 0 1 22 18.2 56 153 21:49 0 0   5 38 5 6
Career   11 yrs NHL   128 65 61 126 11 73 41 24 0 9 568 11.4 1242 2731 21:20 10 4 71.4 72 540 63 111

Media Statements

"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."

Sources:

“Capitals' Alex Ovechkin collects No. 700 against Devils”, espn.com, February 22, 2020.

“Alex Ovechkin”, hockey-reference.com, February 25, 2020.

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