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Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin looks to join rare company in age-37 season

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Alex Ovechkin looks to join rare company for 37-year season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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Alex Ovechkin has fought aging better than anyone else in NHL history. The 305 goals he has scored since he was 30 is more than anyone in hockey in the past seven seasons. Only four players have ever scored more in this decade of their careers, and the Great Eight have three more years to go.

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On Saturday, the Capitals forward celebrated his 37th birthday. Training camp is due to start next week and Ovechkin will be looking to join the elite group if he puts in another strong season in 2022-23.

No player has ever scored 50 goals in a season at age 37 or later, so all he had to do was repeat his last campaign to set new records.

Here are some of the best seasons at the age of 37 he will have to compete against.

Joe Sakic (2006-07, Avalanche)

The only player to score over 100 points in a season at age 37 is Avalanche legend Joe Sakic. Playing in what became his last full season in the NHL, Sakic had 36 goals and 64 assists in a full 82 games. He is the second oldest player to score 100 points in a season, behind only Gordie Howe, who scored 103 points in 1968/69 at age 40. Ovechkin finished last season with a 90th.

Wayne Gretzky (1997-98, Rangers)

Wayne Gretzky’s three years with the Rangers may have come to the end of his career, but he still had a couple of great seasons with New York. Gretzky scored 23 goals and had 67 assists in the NHL at the age of 37, the 16th and final time he led the league in assists. This is the second most for a player aged 37 or older (Adam Oates, 38, 69 in 2000-01).

John Busiek (1972-73, Bruins)

Two-time Stanley Cup winner John Busiek has the unique distinction of scoring twice as many goals in his 30s and 40s (374) as he did in his 20s (182). His season at the age of 37 was one of his best, with 40 goals and 53 assists. He also set the record for the most game-winning games among 37-year-olds (10), a high number for Ovechkin.

Brendan Shanahan (2005-06, Red Wings)

Brendan Shanahan not only equaled Busiek in scoring among 37-year-olds out of 40 in a season, but also helped the Red Wings win the President’s Trophy with 125 points. Shanahan had 289 shots on goal, the most for a player at the age of 37. Ovechkin has eclipsed that figure in 15 of his 17 NHL seasons.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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