Two of the greatest to ever play the game of hockey, Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin are finally going head-to-head ... digitally. The two hockey superstars will battle one another in NHL 20 on XBox in The Great One vs. the Great Eight Showcase on April 22. The competition will raise funds to support COVID-19 relief.
The format will be a best of three competition and will be live-streamed at 8 p.m. ET on the Capitals Twitch Channel so fans can watch the action and listen in. During the stream, fans will be able to make donations to benefit the Edmonton Food Bank and MSE Foundation’s “Feeding the Frontlines” fund. The fund provides meals to the medical community to support them during the coronavirus pandemic with chefs from both the Capitals and Wizards making meals to deliver to local testing sites and hospitals.
Gretzky and Ovechkin’s names have become linked with Ovechkin making a run at Gretzky’s goal record.
With 894 career goals, Gretzky’s record was long thought to be untouchable. At just 34 years old, however, Ovechkin already has 706 and looks like he could make a serious run at catching the Great One.
With the NHL season on pause due to the coronavirus, however, now Gretzky and Ovechkin are turning that attention surrounding them and using it to support the medical workers who most need the support as they continue to battle against the pandemic.
Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.
MORE CAPITALS NEWS: