After passing Gordie Howe last week, Alex Ovechkin Is the second best scorer in the NHL. The Big Eight got past the legendary Howe with a two-goal effort against the Winnipeg Jets on December 23rd.
Now the only person standing in his way to the top of the mountain is Wayne Gretzky. If that sentence alone doesn’t get you excited, the NHL released a video featuring Ovi’s rant about The Great One, which surely will.
The clip begins with the present-day Ovie walking into the Capital One Arena in his pregame suit, ready for business. Things quickly transition to the past when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and eventually former Capitals general manager George McPhee announce the Caps’ selection of Ovechkin as the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft.
After that come a number of highlights from Ovie’s early career, including his first goal, his first hat trick, and “The Goal” against the then-Phoenix Coyotes. The highlights then move on to more recent feats, including each of his huge career-round goals, passing Jaromir Jagr for third on the all-time list, and finally two goals that sent him past Mr. Hockey.
The video ends with the voice of the legendary Joe Beninati. It The big one.” A young Edmonton Oilers Gretzky appears on screen for a moment before Ovechkin’s signature red eight flashes and a final shot with the words “The Chase Is On” closes things out.
She’s coming to you, Wayne.