Hockey hotbeds like Detroit, Buffalo, Boston and Minneapolis each can make a solid case for being Hockeytown, USA. In Warroad, Minn., that designation takes on a whole different meaning.
Current NHL players T.J. Oshie and Brock Nelson hail from Warroad, as does women’s Olympic gold medalist Gisele Gigi Marvin.
He then added a second goal on a power-play slapshot from his favorite spot atop the left faceoff circle in the second period for point No. 1,001.
Ovechkin, in his 12th NHL season, reached the milestone in his 880th game. His point total ranks seventh among active players.
Sergei Fedorov, the NHL’s all-time leading Russian-born points scorer, was a childhood idol for Ovechkin, who becomes the fourth of his countrymen to reach 1,000 points.
Alexander Mogilny and Alexei Kovalev are the other two.
Yeah, it’s small, but it’s a very legendary club, Ovechkin told reporters earlier Wednesday after morning skate. I got lucky to play with Fedorov for a couple years and knowing him as a person. It would be nice to be with him in the same company.
Ovechkin passed Fedorov last season for the most NHL goals scored by a Russian. He now has 545 for his career.
The Oilers took care of their most important player early this offseason, signing league MVP Connor McDavid to an eight-year, $100 million contract extension that starts in 2017-18. They have yet to get another very important player signed, however.
Leon Draisaitl is not McDavid, but he is a supremely gifted 21-year-old star. And unlike McDavid, who had one year remaining on his entry-level deal, Draisaitl is a restricted free agent this summer. So, there is a sense of urgency here.