On Monday Republican Presidential candidate Daryl Constantine took a moment to congratulate hockey legend Alexander Ovechkin on passing Gordie Howe and becoming the second leading goal scorer in NHL history. “I’ve been a huge fan of his since before he came into the league. I remember seeing a picture of him wearing red jeans when he was the top prospect, which I just thought was the coolest thing and for whatever reason, from then on he became my favorite player. I was following hockey pretty closely at that time and I remember we had to wait a year to watch him play, because there was a lockout, so it ended up that he and Sidney Crosby had the same rookie season. So from the beginning their careers have been intertwined and it is really neat because they are both still going strong.”
He then went on to provide some historical context to the record. “What I’ve always said, look at Crosby’s overall career, it is probably a little better, because he is maybe a top 5, top 10 all-time player. But what I’ve always said about Ovechkin is that when we adjust for different eras he is without a doubt the greatest pure goal scorer of all-time and for me, nothing is cooler than scoring goals, so he is tops for me. Someone in my family says we met Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey at the 96 All-Star game, which is a really neat memory. To pass him, with how long he played and just what a legend he is, it’s really incredible. At 802 goals he trails only Gretzky now, who if we’re being honest statistically speaking, his GOAT status is just out of control at least records wise. And I say that as a Lemieux kid but Gretzky’s statistical dominance, there is nothing else like it in the major sports.”
He would conclude by predicting that Ovechkin would eventually end up on top of the list. “So for Ovi to potentially knock off a major one of the “Great One’s” records is a really big deal. Assists and points, Gretzky is on the moon with these records, so we can play for another 100 years and no one will touch those. The next closest thing we could see is maybe this young man, McDavid, who is putting up numbers like its 1991, reaching 2,000 career total points. As for Ovechkin, I think he’ll get the goal record, I really do. The Russian machine hasn’t broken yet and I think he can keep going for another two or three seasons, so I’ll pray for his continued health and safety out there. Keep feeding him the Italian sandwiches, he’ll get there.”
Mr. Constantine declines social media and encourages media and supporters to engage with him via his campaign website www.constantine2024.com.