Alexander Ovechkin is a true legend of the game. Only two players in NHL history have scored more goals than Ovi, and he’s just 16 goals short of catching Gordie Howe at second place in the all-time scoring league.
Of course, Wayne Gretzky is number one, but with Ovechkin just 109 goals short, many believe that the Russian will be Nr. 1 before he retires.
Whether he reaches Gretzky’s goal-scoring number or not, Ovechkin is one of the best players of all time, and throughout the years, he’s played with and against some fantastic players. He’s been one of the best players in the world for over 15 years since breaking the 100-point mark in his debut season back in 2005.
And after playing in the NHL for so long, Ovi’s gathered quite a collection of sticks given to him by opponents. Ovechkin once showed up his stick collection on Russian TV, and it was an impressive one.
Choosing from all the sticks and the collection, one stood out for him. He revealed that Connor McDavid refused to give his stick to Ovi, but he later changed his mind.
The Russian reporter asked Ovechkin if there was a player whose stick he couldn’t get.
”Yes, several years ago. It was Connor McDavid, because they [Edmonton] didn’t allow him to hand over sticks.”
Ovechkin still tried and eventually managed to persuade him.
”Well, Edmonton decided so. But I asked and tried really hard. And they agreed. So now I’m the first to have McDavid’s stick.”
Alex Ovechkin has five goals, and nine points in eleven games played this season. Connor McDavid has eleven goals and 22 points in ten games.