Friday night, the game’s greatest player of all time, Wayne Gretzky, was at Verizon Center for the Oilers’ game against the Washington Capitals. Gretzky, who currently serves as a partner and vice chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, has been traveling with the team this week, which includes the Oilers’ 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Wednesday.
During the game, Gretzky sat in the Owners Box with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. Pre-game, The Great One conducted an interview with a man that worshipped him as a kid, CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Alan May.
Gretzky spoke about Alex Ovechkin’s deep desire to win the Stanley Cup, saying that the Russian machine “would do and pretty much give up anything and everything to get his name on a Stanley Cup.” Gretzky also said Braden Holtby is “one of the best goaltenders I’ve seen in a long time.”
Under the tutelage of Head Coach Wayne Gretzky, Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby’s Metropolitan Division defeated the Pacific Division to win the All-Star Game tournament and earn one million dollars.
Alex Oveckin was minus-two. For some reason, Braden Holtby tried really hard in his shutout stint in net for the Metro. Ovechkin jumped up and down with Holtby to celebrate.
After being named one of the top 100 players of all-time, Alex Ovechkin spoke to reporters. He called it the biggest honor of his career.
“To be in this company, it’s incredible,” Ovechkin said to CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Tarik El-Bashir. “All the legends – and you’re one of them. It’s unbelievable.”
Ovechkin then mingled and took photographs with, as he described it, the “best of the best.”
Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,000th and 1,001st points Wednesday night against Pittsburgh. But lost in the madness of this historic achievement was an interview conducted by tiny journalist Aidan Kohn-Murphy. And the SI Kids contributor got a scoop.
While talking about collectibles, Ovechkin suddenly remembered something he was promised last year by the greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky.
“At a dinner, he said he would give me a stick. But he never sent it to me,” a desperate Ovechkin said, before turning and addressing the camera. “Wayne, please send me a stick!”
The NHL will be entering its centennial year in 2017 and Tuesday, Gary Bettman announced their centennial ambassador: Wayne Gretzky.
During a long introductory press conference with reporters in Toronto, Gretzky spoke on a wide range of topics and then Alex Ovechkin got brought up.
On January 10, Alex Ovechkin became the fifth fastest player in hockey history to hit the 500-goal plateau. In seven of his 11 seasons pro, Ovechkin has scored 50 goals or more — including a career high 65 in 2007-08. At age 31, Ovi, who has scored 50 goals three-straight seasons, trails Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal-scoring record by 369 tallies.
Does The Great Eight think he can catch The Great One?
Not a chance.
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