TASS, April 3. Russian forward, “Washington” Alexander Ovechkin fans recognized as the best sniper in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL). Forward won the vote held by NBC.
Voting took place according to the playoff system: 16 hockey players were divided into eight pairs, in each of them the fans chose the best. On the way to the finals, Ovechkin beat the NHL legends of Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hall. In the final round, the rival of 34-year-old Ovechkin was the former player of “Pittsburgh”, and now the owner of the team from Pennsylvania, Mario Lemieux. The Russian won, gaining 55% of the vote.
In the 2019/20 season, Ovechkin scored 67 points (48 goals + 19 assists) in 68 matches. Russian shares first place with striker “Boston” David Pastrniak in the list of the best snipers of the season. The regular NHL championship was suspended on March 12 for an indefinite period due to the situation with coronavirus, the period of players' self-isolation was extended until April 4.
In total, in the regular championships of the NHL Ovechkin scored 706 goals, this is the eighth indicator in the history of the league, Gretzky (894) leads, Mike Gartner (708) takes the seventh place. Ovechkin scored 50.8% of goals in away matches (359 out of 706), which is the highest among all eight hockey players who scored more than 700 times.