Alex Ovechkin’s 34th birthday is around the corner, and his contract with Washington Capitals are expiring at the end of the 2020-21 National Hockey League season. These two factors are contributing to rumours that he might be retiring shortly, but Ovechkin is adamant that he is not ready to discuss his retirement just yet. He would, for now much instead focus on the time left at the Capitals and making that count for the team.
His Health a Determining Factor
An interview ignited all the rumours regarding his future in early August with the Russian news agency TASS news. Ovechkin stated during the meeting that he had two more years left on his contract and what would happen after that would depend on the state of his health. The captain of the Capitals gave his response from Beijing on the topic stating that the future will be discussed in about two years when his contract expires. He was in China where he is currently promoting the game, as an ambassador to the sport.
A Great Career of Brilliant Hockey
Ovechkin was the No. 1 pick during the NHL Draft in 2004. He is the 13th player in history to achieve 658 goals from 1 084 games. This season, if he has been able to secure 42 goals, he would become one of only eight players to obtain 700 goals in NHL. There was a time when Ovechkin stated that the all-time Gretzky goal record of 894 goals would never be broken, but now it seems that is precisely what he has his eye set on. Not only a dream but something which genuinely looks like a possibility now.
Even though he is playing in his 15th NHL season, he remains to keep in good shape and states that his health is excellent as well. Last season he was able to bring in 51 goals, making it the eighth season on his career where he exceeded the 50 goals per season benchmark.
Committed and Motivated
The fact that Ovechkin can maintain such a long NHL career is attributed to his offseason training. He remains focused and fit with practice sessions, even with his busy schedule. Even now, during his stay in China, he took Pavel Burlachenko, his trainer, along to keep him in shape.
He mentioned that it is difficult to find the time to train between being involved in hockey clinics and coaching and doing some sightseeing, but it had to be done, so they made a plan to accommodate practice within the schedule. He also states that at his age, he can’t cut done on the importance which training has in his career. Even though he scored more than 50 goals per season for three seasons in a row, he had a dip in his performance during the 2016-17 season. For now, it seems that fans can remain calm. Ovechkin is doing all he can to stay not only valid but truly great in NHL.