HomeNHLMarcel Dionne To Alex Ovechkin: “ I’ll Put On A Washington Capitals Hat In Your Honor”
Marcel Dionne To Alex Ovechkin: “ I’ll Put On A Washington Capitals Hat In Your Honor”
April 19, 2021
Washington Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin is only one aim shy of tying Marcel Dionne for fifth place on the NHL’s all-time targets checklist with 731 profession targets. For Dionne, he is aware of it’s going to occur, it’s only a matter of when.
“It’s occurring,” mentioned Dionne in a cellphone interview with the Toronto Solar this weekend. “It’s only a query of when. I made a video for him, congratulating him. I used to be carrying a Los Angeles Kings hat. I mentioned to him ‘Take a look at my hat, it’s gold and purple, I need to keep in mind who I used to be. And while you move me, I’ll placed on a Washington Capitals hat in your honour.’”
Dionne has been impressed by Ovechkin’s sport, notably through the Capitals run for the Stanley Cup. He says Ovechkin was a brute and gave the impression to be possessed.
“He’s bought a weapon,” mentioned Dionne of Ovechkin. “And he’s a one-dimensional participant most the time. However while you watched him within the playoffs when Washington received the Cup, he was the man. He did issues, holy crap, I’ve by no means seen earlier than. He was possessed. That’s the way you win a Cup. He was a brute. He completely dominated the sport bodily and the crew responded to him.”
Like many different hockey observers, Dionne continues to be perplexed by how Ovechkin continues to attain on the ability play. However he additionally realizes Ovechkin’s shot will be the solely one among its type within the historical past of the sport.
“Right here’s what I don’t perceive. He performs the off-wing on the ability play. I can’t consider all these good coaches haven’t put a man on him, take him out of the ability play, and play them 4-on-3. No matter it’s, he nonetheless will get the puck, he’s open, and he’s so correct. Bobby Hull had a weapon. Brett Hull had a weapon. I don’t know if anyone’s shot it the best way Ovie has.”
Ultimately, Dionne believes that data are supposed to be damaged, and that it’s not solely good for the sport, it’s good for the followers.
“That is good for the sport. When this stuff occur, particularly now, it’s particular. It’s for the followers. We generally neglect that. Who do you write for? You don’t write for me, you write for the followers. The sport continues to be fascinating and the way the gamers are surviving in all this, I recognize the trouble and all that goes into it. These are horrifying occasions. And we get to look at hockey. Each time I hear any person complain in regards to the groups are solely enjoying one another again and again, and it’s boring, I feel, ‘what do you suppose occurred within the Unique Six?’ That was each season and we cherished it.”
Ovechkin will look to tie Dionne in profession targets scored this Thursday evening when the Capitals go to the New York Islanders. Puck drop is about for simply after 7:00 PM.
By Jon Sorensen
About Jon Sorensen
Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first sport on the Capital Centre in 1974. His ardour for the Caps has grown over the many years, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and group organizer, and most not too long ago led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering at Previous Dominion College, and is a Techniques Engineer throughout intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals behavior.