For many modern NHL fans, Alex Ovechkin is a true legend of the sport. He’s become a major part of the league and the entire sport; a face of the sport and a hero for many. That legend is likely to continue now that Ovechkin has broken the record of Steve Yzerman for NHl goals. The Washington Capitals forward scored against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, pushing him further up the all-time list to ninth place.
This was his 693rd goal in the NHL, putting him within just one goal of Mark Messier. Ovechkin would become only the seventh player in NHL history to score 700 goals if he manages to score just seven more goals in the NHL.
Speaking about the honour after his teams 5-4 loss, Ovechkin said: “A big honor to be on that list. Kind of happy, but still a long way to go.”
With 693 goals in 1,134 games, he’s spent 15 seasons in total with the Capitals. Yzerman, for contrast, scored his 692 goals in 1,514 games across a 22-season career. He played with the Detroit Red Wings before calling it a day in 2006.
Classily, Yzerman had a video created for Ovechkin, in which he said: “You’ve had a tremendous career to date and it looks like you’re going strong and might play forever,
“Best of luck and continued success. I’ve really enjoyed watching you play and watching you fill the net. All the best.
“One more thing: If you ever do break Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record for most goals in the League, after watching your Stanley Cup celebrations, I want to be invited to your party.”