Ovechkin Joins the SICHL Eliteby Michael Oram | March 25, 2018, 3:16 PM ET
On March 24th2018 18,103 fans at Buckingham Ice Palace witnessed history.
At 1:35 of the second period of a game the against Philadelphia Fire Ants, while on a power play, Alexander Ovechkin wired a shot towards Tuukka Rask’s net. The shot went wide bounced off the boards and was quickly deposited into a wide-open net by P.A. Parenteau. The assist was the 517thof Ovechkin’s illustrious career.
Then at 10:14 of the second period Ovechkin scored his 23rdgoal of the season a power play goal that gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead in the game. The goal itself was the 483rdof Ovie’s career.
With the two points Ovechkin became the 15thplayer in SICHL history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
Ovechkin joined the ranks of the game’s elites and solidified his position as one of the greatest players in the history of the SICHL.
A moment recognized by the fans in the building as they gave the fan favourite captain of the London Monarchs a three-minute-long standing ovation. Following the game when his name was announced as the second star the fans were just as enthusiastic celebrating the achievement of the Great 8. A moment the rest of the team came out of the tunnel to the dressing room to partake in. At one point when Ovie attempted to the leave the Matt Duchene blocked his path forcing him to take another victory lap around the London ice.
Perhaps most impressive about the milestone is the fact that Ovechkin is the only player to achieve this feat with one organization. All 1,000 of his career points have come in an Oslo/London jersey.
As one can imagine this also means that Ovechkin holds every offensive record for the team he is the long serving captain of. Beyond his organization leading 1,000 points, 483 goals, and 517 assists he also leads with 105 power play goals, 8 short handed goals, 691 penalty minutes, 76 game winning goals, a +214 rating, and 904 games played.
Those power play and game winning goals also put him 9thall time on both lists. While his goals are good for 7thall time.
Also, amongst Ovechkin’s achievements are two Mike Bossy awards, the Jari Kurri Trophy, two Wayne Gretzky awards one President’s Choice Award, and the Teemu Salanne Trophy. Ovechkin is the only player to ever win back-to-back President’s Choice Awards and the only player to win two. The same is true of the Wayne Gretzky Trophy.
Only one trophy is missing from his collection. A Continental Cup.
While the season is coming to an early end for the London Monarchs, Ovechkin’s time with the franchise is not. It is rumoured the team and player have come to terms on another two-year extension as the clubs franchise player. The deal is expected to be announced when the signing can be made official during the offseason.
Fun Facts on the Leagues Greatest Scorers:
Of the 15 players that have reached the 1,000-point mark six have played for the Oslo/London franchise. Along with Ovechkin the list includes Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Evgeni Malkin.
Number 16 on the list, Ilya Kovalchuk has also played for the London Monarchs. While he is currently in the KHL he is rumoured to be contemplating a return to the SICHL and if he does he is most likely to be the next player to join the 1,000 point club. He currently sits with 997 career points.
Joe Thornton holds the league assist record with 843, a substantial lead over Jagr’s 769.
Iginla holds the league record with 599 goals, again a substantial lead over Jagr and Marleau’s 551.
Eight of the top 15 league scorers are still active in the league today. Although it looks like this will be Iginla’s last year in the league before retirement, however, he has yet to confirm (or deny) this.
Selanne, 10th in scoring, is the only player in the group that has a trophy named after him. The Teemu Selanne Trophy is awarded annually to the leagues best rookie. Winners include the aforementioned Thornton, Ovechkin, and Malkin.
No one in the leagues top 15 all time scorers have won both a Mike Bossy Award and a Mario Lemieux Award.
All stats are accurate as of March 24th2018.