Alex Ovechkin doesn’t “think it’s possible” to break Wayne Gretzky’s goal record, but The Great One himself thinks Ovi can.
Speaking to Sportsnet’s Gene Principe after Ovechkin scored his 700th goal, Gretzky expressed his happiness that the Russian machine continues to close on what was once considered an insurmountable goal total.
“I think that he has got a legitimate chance,” Gretzky said. “I think that it is great for hockey. I was teasing my kids the other day, I said the funny thing about it is, if you talk to hockey people, nobody would actually say, ‘Well, Wayne Gretzky was a good goal scorer.’ They always put me in, he’s a passer, he’s a playmaker. This is giving me a little bit of attention that I am not used to.
Gretzky added that he had been texting the Russian machine during his long goal drought after scoring his 698th goal, telling him he’d hit 700 “[b]efore you know it.”