6 years ago today, Captain Ovechkin showed the NHL his play... :-)
Here are some quotes and video:
Dispatch Blue Jackets beat reporter Aaron Portzline, Feb. 3, 2008:
His first NHL game was against the Blue Jackets, and his goal all along was to make his first NHL shift memorable. He was on the ice for about 40 seconds, and it became clear he wasn't going to score a goal. But the shift was still going to be memorable.
Ovechkin lined up Blue Jackets defensemen Radoslav Suchy and knocked him halfway back to the Czech Republic.
Ovechkin's hit was so hard, a metal divider between the glass partitions fell to the ice. So did Suchy, who went wobbly kneed to the bench.
Dump'n'Chase, Oct. 5, 2011 "Six Years Ago Tonight":
“It might just be from highlights I’ve seen,” says Halpern, “but I just remember Ovi’s first shift, laying that guy out in the corner. I don’t know who the defenseman was. I don’t know if he played many pre-season games that year, but that was the first time he kind of ran over a guy.”Read more...
“You were told he could score,” says Halpern of Ovechkin, “but when he comes out and scores two goals, obviously you start to make sense of it.”
Ovechkin became the first Capital ever to net two goals in his first NHL game.