Alex Ovechkin made his NHL debut 16 years ago today on October 5, 2005. That night began the careers of two of the greatest hockey players of all time: Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Since then, the superstars have combined to win four Stanley Cups (3, Crosby; 1, Ovechkin) and five Hart Trophies as league MVP (3, Ovechkin; 2, Crosby).
During Ovechkin’s first NHL game, he scored twice and broke the glass with a hit in Washington’s 3-2 win.
“I feel my dreams come true,” Ovechkin said after the game. “I play in the NHL. First game, we win.”
The Capitals tweeted video from that game and a photo, Tuesday.