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Added November 11th, 2014 by Ian
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Alexander Ovechkin becomes Washington Capitals franchise scoring leader

Russian winger Alexander Ovechkin is now the all-time leading scorer of the Washington Capitals NHL franchise. The 29-year-old native of Moscow earned his 826th point on November 4 when he assisted on Nicklas Backstrom’s goal against the Calgary Flames. Ovechkin, who was drafted first overall by the Capitals back in 2004, broke the old franchise record of 825 points which was held by winger Peter Bondra. The former record holder retired the same year Ovechkin was drafted.

After setting the new record, several former players sent Ovechkin congratulations via Twitter and to the Capitals head office. Bondra was one of these as was Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time top scorer. Bondra said it’s been a thrill watching Ovechkin play over the years as he’s extremely talented and he’s happy that he was able to set a new franchise record. He also wished him luck for the rest of his career and hopes he can set as many new records as possible. Gretzky stated that Ovechkin is a tremendous talent and has many great years ahead of him.

Most fans realized it was just a matter of time before Ovechkin broke Bondra’s record and he has the chance to add a few hundred more points to it. The Capitals captain played three years in Russia for Dynamo Moscow before being drafted into the NHL and also returned to the club when the NHL lockout took place in 2012/13. He played the 2004/05 campaign with Dynamo as the NHL was also locked out that season.

Ovechkin made his NHL debut in 2005/06 and was named the league’s rookie of the year as he scored 106 points on 52 goals and 54 assists. He led the league in both goals with 65 and total points with 112 in 2007/08 to win the Roocket Richard and Art Ross Trophies. He was also named the winner of the Lester B. Pearson Award and the Hart Memorial Trophy for being the NHL’s top player and most valuable player. He’s won several more trophies including three gold medals for Russia at the World Championships and is a multi-time NHL All Star. He’s won the Rocket Richard Trophy three times for leading the league in goals and has also taken the Hart Trophy home three times as the league’s MVP.

Ovechkin has reached the 50-goal mark five times so far in his career. He’s played 693 career regular-season games as of November 10th with 428 goals and 400 assists for 828 points. He’s also appeared in 58 career playoff games with 61 points on 31 goals and 30 assists. So far in the 2014/15 season Ovechkin has played 14 games and has six goals and eight assists for 14 points.

 
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