Ovechkin Scores His 50th Goal
Alexander Ovechkin’s young career is already quite prolific, with an MVP trophy and scoring title already under his belt. And now he joins Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy as only the third player in NHL history to score 50 goals in three of his first four seasons. At 23, if Ovechkin averages 46 goals over the next six seasons- a totally reasonable number considering he has yet to score fewer than that in a single season- he will be flirting with 500 career goals before the age of 30.
I love his “My stick is too hot!” celebration too, because I’ve never seen a celebration quite like that before. I’m sure crusty old men like Don Cherry will have a problem with it. But bottom line, hockey is entertainment and Ovechkin is the most entertaining player in the league. As a fan I would love to see Ovechkin score then jump into the glass. If anything it makes the game more interactive with fans, and the league could probably even use more excitement like that from players. I say let the kid celebrates how he wants while he’s still young. Let him act more professional when he’s in his 30s.
Other Great 50th Goals:
- Brett Hull Scores His 50th in 49th Game in 1992
- Wayne Gretzky Scores His 50th in 39th Game On His Way to the Single-Season Record of 92
- All of Cam Neely’s 50 goals in 44 games in 1993-94
Also, check out this video of the top 10 NHL goal celebrations, courtesy of HockeyWebcast:
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