Thursday’s brief pre-game ceremony included three Ovechkin family members — his parents and fiance — and three Caps officials: Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan. Ovechkin got kisses from each of his family members, and an engraved keepsake from the team, which appears best suited for playing street hockey in Scrooge McDuck’s driveway. There was also a tribute video with comments from a host of other 500-goal scorers, including a few former Caps.
NHL custom holds that Ovechkin shall now receive a platinum stick after goal No. 600, a diamond-encrusted stick after goal No. 700, and an edible chocolate stick with caramel swirls after goal No. 800.
Here are a few more views of the valuable twig, which should be polished weekly, or more often if it’s used in game situations.