Most people who are fans of sports are at least vaguely familiar with the greatest players of each respectful game. Michael Jordan’s always the talk of NBA fans, Jerry Rice for the NFL, Hank Aaron for the MLB and Wayne Gretzky for the NHL. These sports legends are known for the records they each set in their careers, but what if I told you one of these athletes’ records were silently being broken as we speak?
In the world of hockey those of us who follow the game know all to well the domination of The Great One. Wayne Gretzky’s the all time leader for goals, assists, points and many more seemingly unbreakable records held in a game that’s much faster and more difficult than it arguably was 30 years ago. That being said, the record most thought unbreakable in the modern era is on the verge of being surpassed. Gretzky’s career goal record of 894 is slowly being tracked down by the Russian legend, Alex Ovechkin.
The Great 8 is currently tallied at 740 goals, 1 behind American hockey legend Brett Hull, which would put him at 4th for all time career goals in NHL history. Now while most won’t realize how amazing it is to see an active player reach the top 5 with more than a few years left in his career, it’s even more amazing to watch considering how difficult it is to score compared to the 80’s and 90’s when a lot of these guys played.
Goalie pads are bigger, the game is faster, yet Ovi finds a way to put up seasons after season of 50 goal performances. At this point, if Ovechkin can stay healthy, hit at least 45 goals a season for the next 4 years and hope the league doesn’t shut down again for COVID then he’ll most definitely be on the track to become the greatest goal scorer of all time. So if you’re not a big fan of hockey, at least know that when the Washington Capitals have a game you’re not just watching an NHL broadcast… You’re watching history.