Alex Ovechkin has started his 18th NHL training camp. He needs to add a further 21 goals to his tally in order to match Gordie Howe for all-time second in NHL. But there’s a twist to this as he’s more concerned about his odds of winning the Stanley Cup for Washington Capital once again.
“I’m at the age that personal goals are nice, but we understand every year to the end of your career,” Ovechkin said. “So I just want to win. I want to be in the playoffs and fight for the Cup.” The 37-year-old is certainly in the twilight of his career but is aiming high for personal and professional glory – as is his right.
Alex Ovechkin has everything to aim for in the upcoming season
Washington Capitals have had a successful team for the better part of the last two decades. They have managed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoff for eight consecutive years. They last won the Stanley Cup in 2018 even though for the past 15 seasons, they had pulled off 14 playoff berths.
“The most important thing is everybody has to be healthy, and we have to make the playoffs,” Alex Ovechkin stated. “That first 20 games is very important so you have to earn points, so if you’re going to have some ups and downs during the season you still have those points. … You don’t want to play only six months.“
“You want to play eight months and play for the Cup.” A year more added to his career and age, Ovechkin’s abilities will definitely decline as time waits for none, but the expectations of the capitals will be even more than before.
Individual achievements do matter and they do stick in mind. However much Ovechkin states that he’s focused on team achievements, the opportunity to be all-time no.2 in NHL history does not come every other day. So, no one will be complaining if Alex Ovechkin turns on his after-burners and goes for the big prize in an individual capacity.