Over the span of his career, Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin has continually dropped the jaws of hockey fans everywhere. Ever since he entered the league in 2005, his knack for scoring goals was the thing that most people knew him for. In his rookie year, he scored 52 goals and had 54 assists for 106 points. 2 years after that, he put up career numbers with 65 goals and 112 points. Now, more than 10 years later, he’s proving that he’s still got it. 6 times in the last 7 years he’s led the league in goal scoring, giving him 8 career scoring titles in the NHL. He’s a 34 year old veteran who still enjoys scoring more than anyone on the ice, and he’s also rewriting the record books and making his way into the top scorers of all time while he’s at it. Check out Sportnet’s top 10 Alex Ovechkin plays below:
Even though everyone has always known how great of a scorer Ovechkin is, it wasn’t until fairly recently that people started believing he could possibly break Wayne Gretzky’s all time goal list. There are many reasons that people wouldn’t take this idea seriously, one of which being that it’s much harder to score in this era of the NHL. Gretzky is still the undisputed greatest of all time, but with the speed of the game and the change in goalie style and equipment, what the Capitals’ captain has been able to do over the course of his career is remarkable. He’s now in the top 10 all time for goals scored, already has 40 this year, and is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s also less than 200 goals away from the record. Although his overall points total will never come close to Gretzky’s, he certainly has put himself in the forefront of the conversation for best natural goal scorer ever, and watching him chase down a record that many thought may never be broken will be as entertaining as everything else he’s done in his career so far.