Capitals Honor Alex Ovechkin for 600 Goals in a Pregame Ceremony (Video)

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Alex Ovechkin achieved a rare and historic feat during Monday night’s Capitals game against the Winnipeg Jets, scoring his 600th career goal. Prior to Friday night’s Capitals game against the New York Islanders at Capital One Arena, the Capitals honored Ovechkin with a video tribute and a gift as part of a pregame ceremony. Ovechkin became the fourth fastest player to score 600 goals, achieving the mark in 990 career games. 

The tribute video featured prominent hockey players congratulating Ovechkin on his 600-goal milestone including the likes of Joe Sakic, Jerome Iginla, Brendan Shanahan, Steve Yzerman, Some current teammates also gave their congrats to Ovechkin in the video including John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom.

Ovechkin is just the 20th player in NHL history to join the 600 goal club. Other players to have achieved this milestone include Dino Ciccarelli, Bobby Hull, Brendan Shanahan, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Mike Gartner, Brett Hull, Gordie Howe, Jerome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr and The Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

In attendance at the ceremony was Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, team president Dick Patrick along with Ovechkin’s wife Nastya Ovechkina who were over at the other end of the ice. Next to them was the gift that Ovechkin would receive.

The Capitals presented Ovechkin with a portrait of himself. There were actually three Alex Ovechkins in the painting. One with Alex sporting the home black jersey that was worn during his first two seasons with the Capitals. Another was with the alternate third jerseys that were first worn in the 2011 Winter Classic and then again from 2011-12 through the 2014-15 season and then finally, Ovechkin in the current home red jersey.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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