“What A Milestone! So Proud of You Friend”: Peers, Fans, the Hockey World, And Beyond React To Alex Ovechkin’s 800th Career Goal

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NHL history was made on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois as Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin recorded a hat trick to become just the third player in the league’s history to reach the 800-goal plateau, moving him within one of tying “Mr. Hockey”, Gordie Howe for second all-time in Goals Scored.

As one might expect, the milestone prompted a wide array of reactions from across the hockey world and beyond. Below are just a few of the many reactions to The Great Eight’s historic accomplishment.


Capitals owner Ted Leonsis:

Washington Capitals teammates Nicklas Backstrom, Dylan Strome, Erik Gustafsson, T.J. Oshie, John Carlson, Anthony Mantha (assisted on the goal):

Capitals television color analyst for NBC Sports Washington (and former player) Craig Laughlin:

Capitals Radio Play-by-Play John Walton:

Current NHL players:

Former NHL players and/or teammates, including Teemu Selanne, Eric Fehr, Scottie Upshall, Brent Johnson:

Fellow Washington, D.C. sports figures and teams:


A Chicago Blackhawks fan posted this on Reddit this morning.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser:


Carolina Hurricanes Broadcaster Tripp Tracy:

Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson:

NHL Player’s Association:

Chicago Blackhawks Play-by-Play announcer Chris Vosters:

A night that will forever be remember in NHL history and in the minds of all who bore witness to it.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to “What A Milestone! So Proud of You Friend”: Peers, Fans, the Hockey World, And Beyond React To Alex Ovechkin’s 800th Career Goal

  1. novafyre says:

    I agree with all those who complimented the fans there for being true hockey fans and recognizing just what an accomplishment this is and who Ovi is to the NHL and hockey.

    And the poor Hawks players and coaches. Hard enough to do interviews after such a drubbing, but when the press, including YOUR press only wants to talk about Ovi, it must have been really hard. But they handled it well.

  2. dwgie26 says:

    Would expect that kind of class from an original 6 franchise. Classy for sure. If Philly they would have thrown bottles at him. Haha.

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