Alexander Ovechkin has added yet another impressive feat to his legendary resume, sniping career goal No. 600 against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday:
Not only that, but Ovechkin is the fourth-fastest player to accomplish the feat:
Ovechkin becomes the 4th fastest player to reach 600 career goals. pic.twitter.com/LWpDQ8mGft— TSN (@TSN_Sports) March 13, 2018
Ovechkin joins an elite group that only consists of 19 other players who have scored 600-plus goals. The next closest active player to reaching the feat is Marian Hossa - who's at 525 but is expected to retire due to an allergic reaction from his hockey equiptment.
'The Great 8' is now just a goal behind Jari Kurri for 19th all-time, and has a chance to surpass the Finnish icon, plus Dino Ciccarelli (608), and Bobby Hull (610). Ovie's next task will be to climb in the top-10, where Mario Lemieux holds down the final spot with 690 career tallies.
Ovechkin is already the greatest goal-scorer of his generation, and it's amazing to think how he did it in such little time. Keep in mind that the entire 2004-05 season (which was to be his rookie year), was wiped out due to a lockout, and the 2012-13 campaign was limited to 48 games.
But the 32-year-old Ovechkin continues to dazzle with his natural goal-scoring abilities. He's already won six 'Rocket Richard' Trophies as the top goal-scorer, plus an Art Ross and three of Hart Trophies as league MVP.
For Ovechkin, the next accomplishment is to finally win a Stanley Cup championship - with or without the Washington Capitals. If he retired today, Ovie would be a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame. But at 32 years of age, Ovechkin hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.
It'll be interesting to see if he can climb the 700-goal club, which only features seven members in Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito and Mike Gartner. Seeing how he continues to play like he's 10 years younger, there's little reason to doubt that Ovechkin will reach that feat.