When it comes to NHL greats, there is no player greater than Wayne Gretzky, appropriately nicknamed The Great One. The NHL’s greatest player of all-time is widely respected around the league and holds dozens of NHL records, topped by his sitting atop the Goals (894), Assists (1,963), and Points (2,857) leader boards in the annals of league history. On Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Washington Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 700th career goal, The Great One himself took to social media to congratulate the 34-year Caps superstar.
While Gretzky’s goal total has long been considered untouchable, Ovechkin’s continued production and goal-scoring rate, combined with his reaching 700 goals, has continued to flame murmurings that The Great Eight might just be able to catch The Great One when all is said and done. Gretzky, who has stated before his desire for Ovechkin to break his record, took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to congratulate Ovechkin on reaching the seven-century mark in Goals:
— Wayne Gretzky (@WayneGretzky) February 23, 2020
Ovechkin became the second-fastest player (1,444 games) after Gretzky to reach the 700-goal plateau (886 games) with a goal against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon. Ovechkin also went from 600 to 700 goals in 14 fewer games (155) than Gretzky (169).
By Michael Fleetwood