With the rival Penguins at Verizon Center and his family in the stands, Alex Ovechkin said he didn’t want to wait to get his 1,000th point. Wait, he did not.
The Capitals’ captain scored a goal 35 seconds into Wednesday’s game, becoming the 84th player in NHL history to join the 1,000-point club.
The goal was vintage Ovechkin as the dynamic winger crossed the blue line, deked across the right circle and released his lethal snap shot over the left shoulder of Marc-Andre Fleury.
It goes far beyond TV ratings, fancy training facilities and puck-crazed fan bases. Hockey in Warroad keeps the community alive.
The recently released documentary The Road Through Warroad: Hockeytown USA, which aired on NBC Sports Network, showcases the small town’s rich hockey tradition, which has helped produce five NHL players, seven Olympians and more than 80 NCAA Division I hockey players.
Located 6 miles from the Canadian border, and with a population of just under 1,800, Warroad is home to two indoor ice rinks including a 1,500-seat Olympic-size rink. Ice time is free to anyone who wants it, a far cry from the hundreds of dollars other communities charge per session.
The Rangers would like to trade defenseman Nick Holden as part of a package for a veteran center — Toronto’s Tyler Bozak has been mentioned often in rumors — but the closer it gets to training camp, the less likely this scenario becomes it seems.
So, the answer to the original question is yes, the Rangers do need another center. And there are internal options they likely will use, at least to start the season, before evaluating during the season and deciding if another path is necessary to filling that void.