Wayne Gretzky, Alex Ovechkin raise $40K for charity in ‘NHL20’ draw
Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin faced off Wednesday night in an eagerly anticipated “NHL20” tournament with 300,000 fans watching via a livestream on the Washington Capitals’ Twitch channel.
While the two battled to a draw in their virtual showdown, the two NHL legends did raise over $40,000 for relief efforts related to the coronavirus pandemic.
What an incredible night!— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 2020
Thanks to all who helped us raise over $20,000 for COVID-19 relief!
And a special thank you to the Gretzky and Ovechkin families for matching the donation to push the total to over $40,000 for @MSEFndn’s “Feeding the Frontlines” fund and @yegfoodbank. pic.twitter.com/jPk4pKvYOJ
The funds raised will be split between the Edmonton Food Bank and D.C.’s MSE Foundation’s Feeding the Frontlines fund.
The tourney was originally slated to be a best-of-three series, but “The Great One” and “The Great 8” elected to call it a night after splitting two games. Gretzky came out on top in the first game with a 5-4 overtime victory. Ovi rallied, however, in the second game, winning by a score of 4-1.
The Capitals’ official Twitter account shared highlights of the virtual matchup throughout the two games, with entertaining results.
Things are getting chirpy…— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 2020
Guess who? @ovi8, that's who!— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 2020
Neither Gretzky nor Ovechkin had much experience playing any iteration of the classic EA Sports’ NHL series before Wednesday night, but the two nevertheless managed to have a great time.
It was a great time to play with u and your boys!! don’t trade them they are good players ))) huge thx to all the fans who donate and support us! See u guys soon https://t.co/ZrwM3m4n2h— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) April 23, 2020
“We both are not very good at this game, but what a great cause, right, when everybody’s so down and out,” Gretzky said of his matchup with Ovi, according to NHL.com. “So, a fun night, and hopefully everybody’s having a little bit of enjoyment laughing at us.”