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Hockey at Home: Gretzky, Ovechkin talk goals record and more

Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin sit down and open up on their special bond in and beyond hockey, Ovechkin nearing Gretzky's NHL scoring record and much more.

Whenever you can get Alex Ovechkin and Wayne Gretzky chatting about the all-time goals record in the same place, you go for it. Well ... as long as it’s safe.

With social distancing of the utmost importance, we’ll have to settle for a lengthy digital conversation between Gretzky, Ovechkin, and NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen.

The three engaged in a lengthy discussion, covering topics such as:

  • Ovechkin chasing Gretzky’s 894 goals record, and reaching 700+ (now 706) so far. Gretzky said he’s rooting for Ovechkin to break the goals record “as hard as anybody.” Gretzky hopes that he’ll embrace Ovechkin’s chase with the same dignity that Gordie Howe shared for Gretzky’s pursuits.
  • They had some fun talking about trading sticks for their collections. Ovechkin apparently has about 100.
  • Gretzky discusses how hungry Ovechkin was for tips on leadership when the two first got their real chance to chat. “The Great One” could tell that Ovechkin would win a Stanley Cup after that conversation -- which, of course, Ovechkin did.

Enjoy some #HockeyatHome thanks to the video above this post’s headline.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.