Alexander Ovechkin is a generational goal scorer and one of the best to ever play in the NHL. That could always be said, and yet there was always the single asterisk next to his name.
*He's never won a Cup.
Last night, Ovechkin eradicated all doubts and haters as he lifted the Stanley Cup and solidified himself as one of the greatest goal scorers of all time. His name will forever be etched on the side of the Cup, and not a single person can ever change that.
Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup pic.twitter.com/0sjr8XX7Jj— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) June 8, 2018
Ovi's deserved it more than any other player in the league. Thirteen long and hard-fought years finally payed off.
Ovechkin has scored a total of 607 goals over his career. That puts him at 19th overall in all time goals scored, right next to Jarri Kurri, Dino Ciccarelli, and Bobby Hull, all of whom are in the Hall of Fame. Ovechkin will be 33 next season, but shows no of slowing down after a 49 goal season this year. He could easily enter himself into Top 10 in career goals, or even Top 5 depending on how much he's got left in the tank.
Alex Ovechkin was one of the greatest athletes in sports history to never win a championship. Right up there w/ Marino, Barkley, Ewing, Malone, Ted Williams, etc. The sports world should appreciate this moment for a generational goal-scorer & deserving champion. #AllCaps— Pete Jensen (@NHLJensen) June 8, 2018
If Ovechkin had gone his entire career without a Cup, he'd go down to be one of the greatest players in all of sports without a championship.
Ovechkin is also the first Russian-born captain to raise the Stanley Cup, further cementing his name as the greatest hockey player to ever come out of Russia. One could argue he's the greatest Russian athlete of all-time.
✔️ Stanley Cup— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) June 8, 2018
✔️ Conn Smythe Trophy
✔️ Hart Memorial Trophy (3)
✔️ Ted Lindsay Award (3)
✔️ Art Ross Trophy
✔️ Maurice Richard Trophy (7)
✔️ Calder Memorial Trophy
✔️ Prince of Wales Trophy
✔️ Presidents’ Trophy (3)
Alex Ovechkin has achieved it all.#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/pWo7wSdVXY
Nothing can quite compare to what Ovi has done during his career.
Some have achieved more, but not many have earned the right to raise the Cup over their heads as Ovi has. This is Raymond Bourque-esque.
Ovechkin was always going to be a Hall of Famer once he calls it quits, but there was always the underlining, nagging feeling of just not accomplishing enough when it mattered most.
When Ovi raised the Cup over his head in pure ecstasy, he was ridding himself of all haters and doubters, solidifying himself as one of the NHL's greatest players of all time.