For this fan's seat there are few, if any, NHL players that I would rather shell out duckets to see play live Ovie, The Great 8, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. This man is a BEAST by any measure and can take over a game any time. Last season's ever-brewing rivalry with Pittsburgh Penguins golden boy Sidney Crosby was absolutely fabulous to watch down the stretch (with Crosby and the Penguins going on to win Lord Stanley's Cup) and it promises to only get better and more heated this season. I guess that is another blog for another day though, so let's move on.
Last year's numbers for Ovie? Here's just a few: 56 goals and 110 points in the regular season to go with 11 goals and 21 total points in the NHL playoffs. Check out some of his work for yourself HERE.
The NHL drops the puck on the 2K9-2K10 season tonight and both Ovechkin and Crosby will be in action. I know college football is on the tube as Colorado travels to play West Virginia on ESPN and I will be watching that as well, but I would suggest you put that remote to use and jump over to Versus and see what the night on ice has to offer. The NHL is full of fantastic athletes that master their sport with a tremendous level of skill that many have never taken the time to appreciate. Hockey is both a beautiful and, at times, brutal sport that can be fantastically entertaining. If you are a real sports fan, you owe it to yourself to give this fast paced game a chance to win you over.
The two-time defending NHL Most Valuable Player had two goals and an assist to lead Washington to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in the season-opener on Thursday night.
Like I said, A DAMN BEAST!!!