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Gretzky talks about the possibility of Ovi breaking his goals record

Tim Tucker   ·   24 février 2020
With his 700th goal, just the eighth player in NHL history to do so, Alexander Ovechkin is inching closer to breaking the NHL's All-Time Goal record. Should he manage to break Wayne Gretzky's record of 894, The Great One says he'll be the first to shake Ovi's hand.

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"I texted him the other day," Gretzky said of Ovechkin. "Alex and I are pretty good friends. He was at 698 and he went a few games without scoring. And I know that feeling. Everybody's watching you. There's more media attention. You go into a city where there used to be eight or nine media people and all of a sudden there's 20 or 25 people there. And it becomes a little bit of a toll on an individual. So I texted him at 698 and said 'just relax', before you know it you'll be at 700."

Gretzky added when Ovechkin hit 700, he told him he thinks he'll be at 800 really quick.

"It's wonderful for the game what he's doing," Gretzky said. "I compare him to only two players that I know, Gordie Howe and Mark Messier. How strong he is. How hard he plays...and for Alex, what he's done for the game in Russia. He's done so much for that country."

"If he breaks my record, I'll be the first guy to stand there and shake his hand," said Gretzky with a smile. "I think it's great for our sport. I'm proud of what I accomplished. What I did was really hard. But, listen, it will only be positive for the game if he can break the record."



At 34-years-old, Ovechkin shows very little signs of slowing down. It looks very likely he will hit the 50 goal mark this season, and possibly go above it. At that pace, we could see a new NHL All-Time goal scoring leader in three or so seasons.

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