Gear Spotting: Ovechkin's 700th NHL Goal
Alex Ovechkin has become the eighth member of the NHL 700-goal club!
Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Jaromir Jagr (766), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708) are the other players to score 700 NHL goals.
In recent memory Wayne Gretzky's record of 894 goals looked untouchable in an era where goal scoring is much more difficult. Now Ovechkin finds himself just 194 goals behind the great one!
Ovechkin has scored 40 goals or more 11 times in his career, including 49 and 51 the last two seasons. Only Gretzky has recorded more 40-goal NHL seasons with 12.
On recent form it seems that Ovi is showing no signs of slowing down. Ovi took 190 games to shoot from 500 goals to 600 goals, but it's taken him just 154 contests get from 600 to 700 goals. This is the fewest among the eight 700-goal scorers. Gretzky, who went from 600 to 700 in 169 games, was the only other player to do it in fewer than 200 games.
To celebrate Ovi hitting the 700 goal mark we thought we’d do a special edition of ‘Gear Spotting’.
Ovi’s current weapon of choice is the CCM Ribcor Trigger 2 stick. From the rate of scoring and highlight reel goals it’s obvious that Ovi has chosen to keep hold of a twig that is working perfectly for his game.
Despite being a low kick stick known for it’s quick release from snap shots and wrist shots, Ovi has shown from his favoured spot on the dot that it’s just as deadly at unloading super accurate one timers.
He has his own custom curve, the closest retail offering is the P28, and he uses a 100 flex.
The current version of Ovi’s CCM stick is the Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro. This stick like Ovi's Trigger 2 is designed for players looking for the ultimate quick-release shot.
Ovi is currently rocking the soon to be released CCM Super Tacks AS3 Pros. We’ve seen these in person already, and can’t wait for you to see them!
Ovi has customised his skates with a slightly higher ankle, a pro black felt 10mm tongue with that trademark flop, black steel and yellow laces.
You too can choose your optimal CCM skate setup up, or even take inspiration from Ovi with a pair of CCM Custom Skates. Firstly, get your feet scanned on our 3D Fit Scanner, you can then choose your Skate, and then your custom options, including the Tongue, Steel, Laces and Name & Number.
The CCM Jetspeed FT1 gloves are Alex Ovechkin’s current glove of choice. These are CCM's premium pro level glove, offering elite-level protection, feel and durability.
Check out the moment Ovi netted his 700th goal below.