Becoming the fifth-fastest player to reach 500 goals in NHL history is something worth celebrating and the Caps plan to do just that. The team announced that they will celebrate Alex Ovechkin's achievement in a pre-game ceremony before Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks. The ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Ovechkin's parents and his fiancé Nastya Shubskaya will be on the ice for the ceremony along with Ted Leonsis, president Dick Patrick and general manager Brian MacLellan. The team will then present Ovechkin with a special gift to commemorate his achievement.
With his 500th goal in the Caps' win on Sunday, Ovechkin is now only the 43rd player in NHL history to reach that mark. It was his 801st game. Only Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693) were able to reach No. 500 faster.
Ovechkin is the only player in the NHL to score 30 or more goals in each season since 2005-06.