Wayne Gretzky on Alex Ovechkin catching his goals record: ‘Alex definitely is the guy who has a chance’
After scoring consecutive hat tricks against the Detroit Red Wings and the Carolina Hurricanes, Alex Ovechkin became part of a larger national debate on if he could catch Wayne Gretzky’s seemingly impossible-to-catch goal record.
Gretzky scored over 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons to start his career, including an insane four-year stretch where he scored over 70 goals four times (92, 87, 73, and 71). Gretzky ended his 20-year NHL career with 894 career goals — 93 more than Gordie Howe in second place and 128 more than third place Jaromir Jagr.
The 33-year-old Ovechkin has 636 goals during his 13 seasons so far in the NHL. He needs only 258 more to tie The Great One. If Ovechkin continues at his career .61 goals per game pace, he would need to play in 423 more games (five-plus seasons) to catch Gretzky. With 29 goals in 35 games this season, Ovechkin is averaging .83 goals per game.
“Alex definitely is the guy who has a chance,” Gretzky said in a phone interview with the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson before Christmas. “It’s great for the game and it’s a great watch. If he’s close I’ll be the first guy to go there (to see it).”