#1 Alex Ovechkin
Who else would’ve been number one on our list? Alex Ovechkin singlehandedly turned the Washington Capitals franchise around and is a naturally gifted goalscorer. Youth participation in hockey has soared throughout the DMV since Ovechkin entered the league. Now he has inked a five year extension in hopes of breaking the biggest record of all time plus another one.
Last season Ovechkin played in 45 games and finished with 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points. Despite those being a career low, Ovechkin had to battle both an injury at the end of the season and COVID protocols at the beginning. The previous season he led the league with 48 goals to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. The two years before, he finished with 51 and 49 goals, respectively.
Ovechkin will need to hit 33 goals per season over the next five years to cement himself as the all time NHL leader in goals scored. It is a journey worth watching and one we are fortunate enough to see night after night. He currently sits at 730 career goals and would’ve been at a higher number if there wasn’t a pandemic.
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