Alex Ovechkin’s Peers Congratulate Him On Reaching 2nd On The All-Time Goals List

The Washington Capitals are celebrating Alex Ovechkin’s moving into second place on the all-time goals list tonight before their tilt with the Columbus Blue Jackets. As part of the run-up to the celebration, the Capitals released a series of congratulatory videos from Ovi’s peers during the day on Tuesday.

Auston Matthews

Patrice Bergeron

Connor McDavid

Sidney Crosby

Anze Kopitar, Mark Stone, Elias Petterson, Andre Burakovsky, Erik Karlsson

Aleksander Barkov, Tage Thompson, Brady Tkachuk and Nick Suzuki

Johnny Gaudreau, Igor Shesterkin and Kevin Hayes

Prior to Tuesday’s game with Columbus, the Caps will hold a ceremony to honor Ovechkin. Among the dignitaries on hand for the event will be NHLPA director Marty Walsh, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Howe, Gordie’s son and former teammate with the WHA Houston Aeros and New England/Hartford Whalers and the NHL’s Hartford Whalers.

Ovechkin’s teammates will arrive at the arena for Tuesday’s game sporting special Ovi t-shirts, and all will sport a No. 8 sweater for pregame warmups. Those sweaters will then be signed and auctioned off to benefit the Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation at a later date.

A host of Caps’ season ticket holders will greet players as they enter the arena for the game, and all fans in attendance will receive an Ovechkin goal counter bobble head doll courtesy of Capital One to commemorate the occasion.

During the ceremony itself, Ovechkin will be presented with a number of gifts from the organization, from the League, from the NHLPA and from his teammates as well. Caps’ television play-by-play voice Joe Beninati will emcee the event on the ice, and Ovechkin’s family members and Caps’ majority owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick will also be on the ice to join The Great Eight on his special night.

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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7 Responses to Alex Ovechkin’s Peers Congratulate Him On Reaching 2nd On The All-Time Goals List

  1. Anonymous says:

    BillDaly coming too. It’s is indeed a big night.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Ovi!

  3. novafyre says:

    I wanted to hear from Flower, Ovi’s all time favorite goalie to score on!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I can’t tell if they are buds, or mortal enemies. After that last goal on Flower, Ovi gave him a pretty viscous glare.

      • novafyre says:

        For one of Ovi’s records Flower did comment and said that he enjoyed playing against Ovi. Or, at least, that is how I remember it.

      • novafyre says:

        In January Gulitti wrote: And no goalie has allowed more goals to Ovechkin, who has scored 25 of his 810 against his longtime foe. “I don’t know if I’m too proud of that,” Fleury said, grinning. “I like being here,” Fleury said. “The atmosphere is always good, and facing him is, obviously, a big challenge. You want to stop him.” So, it might be surprising to learn that, like his former Penguins teammate and good friend Sidney Crosby, Fleury is rooting for Ovechkin to catch Gretzky and break the goal record. He, obviously, doesn’t want it to happen against him. “I think he deserves it,” Fleury said. “He’s been doing this for a long time and consistently every season, so hopefully he gets to Gretzky.” Fleury enjoys interacting with Ovechkin during games. It’s mostly friendly, but with a little trash talk going both ways. “Sometimes he’ll come and say ‘Hi,'” said Fleury, who won the 2021 Vezina Trophy voted as the top goalie in the NHL. “He’ll say ‘Hi’ or ‘Oh, I almost got you. I’m going to get you on the next one.’ And I’m like, ‘No way. You’re not getting [anything].’ It’s funny, though. I like how he does it.” “I like to play against him,” he said. “I think he brings the best out of you.”

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