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Monday, January 27, 2020

#MovietimeInManhattan #WestCoastPeachy @TheAcademy HOLLYWOOD STREET CLOSURES FOR 2020 OSCAR WEEK


To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of this year’s Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood.

To accommodate the construction of press risers, fan viewing areas and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive beginning at 3 a.m. on Sunday, February 2, and remain closed until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12.

MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, February 8, until the first scheduled train after 6 a.m. on Monday, February 10. Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m.

Between Sunday, January 26, and Oscar Sunday, February 9, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods.

Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Sixth and the Thirteenth District City Council field offices and on the Academy's website at http://www.oscars.org/closures

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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#NHLPeachy Florida Panthers to Host 2021 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend

The Florida Panthers will host the 2021 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the National Hockey League® announced today. The League’s midseason showcase will include the NHL All-Star Skills ™ on Friday, Jan. 29 and the Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 30.

“We are excited to bring the NHL’s midseason showcase for the best and brightest stars from around the League to the home of the Florida Panthers and South Florida hockey fans,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Next year’s Honda NHL All-Star Weekend promises to be an incredible celebration of our game and everything South Florida has to offer.”

“The Florida Panthers are thrilled to welcome hockey fans from around the world to South Florida for NHL All-Star Weekend,” said Florida Panthers President and CEO Matt Caldwell. “This is one of the league’s premier events of the year and we couldn’t be more proud to have it in our backyard.”

“The All-Star Game is an event that has the world’s eyes,” said Senior Vice President Shawn Thornton. “Under the ownership and leadership of Vincent J. Viola and Douglas A. Cifu since 2013, I’ve seen first-hand as a player and an executive how the South Florida hockey community and this franchise have grown and become permanently fixed in Broward County. This event is a chance for the community, league and Panthers hockey fans to celebrate together.”

The 2021 event will mark the second time the Panthers and South Florida host NHL All-Star activities as the Panthers previously hosted the NHL All-Star Game in 2003. Further details on the 2021 NHL All-Star Weekend, including ticket information, special events and broadcasting information, will be released at a later date.

Today’s announcement was made by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend hosted by Blues and the city of St. Louis, which includes the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka tonight (8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game tomorrow (8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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#NHLPeachy NHL, St. Louis Blues and Bauer Hockey Invest in Girls' and Women's Hockey Programming as a Legacy to 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend

As a legacy of the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, the National Hockey League® (NHL) and St. Louis Blues®, along with equipment partner Bauer Hockey, have made a long-term investment in girls’ and women’s hockey in the St. Louis area.

The details of the investment were unveiled at an event earlier today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, St. Louis Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman, Bauer Hockey Vice President of Global Marketing Mary-Kay Messier, American All-Stars Kacey Bellamy, Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Kendall Coyne Schofield, Canadian All-Stars Rebecca Johnston and Marie-Philip Poulin and more than 100 girls’ hockey players from the St. Louis area.

The investment made in girls’ and women’s hockey will cover equipment, ice time, coaching, and special events for girls and women of all ages. It also covers year-round programming, summer skills camps, female official development programs, female coaching clinics, and a new 3 vs. 3 Skills Development League.

“Thanks to this joint initiative by the Blues, Bauer and the NHL, young women and girls across the St. Louis area will now have an even greater opportunity to learn hockey and experience all the benefits that come with being involved with our game,” said Commissioner Bettman. “Our core belief is that “Hockey is For Everyone” -- these are potent words made even more powerful when they are paired with action like this year’s All-Star Legacy project.”

“It has been an unforgettable year for hockey in St. Louis – winning the Stanley Cup, opening the Centene Community Ice Center and now hosting NHL All-Star Weekend,” Zimmerman said. “The spotlight is on our city and the interest in our sport has never been greater. In collaboration with leading industry innovators in the NHL and Bauer Hockey, we are excited to create this program and provide youth and teen girls new opportunities to begin their hockey careers in a fun and consistent environment. This initiative is closely aligned with our continued efforts to share the game of hockey, and the countless benefits it provides, with everyone.”

“At Bauer, we recognize the importance of providing more opportunity for girls to play hockey. That's why we create programming and content that attracts and retains girls, which enhances our game and helps to ensure the future of our sport," Messier said. "Toward these goals, we have developed female-specific learn-to-play programs and women-specific marketing campaigns that help to inspire young girls with role models. To continue advancing the women’s game, we need strong partnerships with industry leaders like the one we are building with the Blues organization, and we look forward to working together on this shared mission.”

Special guests in attendance at today’s community event included St. Louis Blues Chairman and Governor Tom Stillman; NHL Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs Kim Davis and Hall of Fame alumni Brett Hull.

The Legacy initiative is an ongoing philanthropic endeavor through which the League and the local Club support community organizations in the host city of an NHL Event. Since 2003, the League, its Clubs and partners have donated more than $6 million to communities across North America. Legacy projects have aided thousands of hospital patients in recovery; helped at-risk youth and families gain better access to educational and vocational training; and provided greater access to people of all ages to learn and play hockey.



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#MovietimeInManhattan @TheAcademy 92ND OSCARS® PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED

CYNTHIA ERIVO, ELTON JOHN, IDINA MENZEL, 
CHRISSY METZ AND RANDY NEWMAN TO PERFORM 
NOMINATED ORIGINAL SONGS

WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY EÍMEAR NOONE AND QUESTLOVE
Cynthia Erivo, Oscar® winner Elton John, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz and Oscar winner Randy Newman will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 92nd Oscars® ceremony, show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced today. The Oscars will air live Sunday, February 9, on ABC. 


“We’re excited to have an incredible group of nominees and performers who will deliver one-of-a-kind music moments you will only see on the Oscars,” said Howell Taylor and Allain. 

This year’s Original Song nominees and performers are as follows (in alphabetical order by song title): 

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4” – Performed by Randy Newman
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman 

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman” – Performed by Elton John 
Music by Elton John; Lyric by Bernie Taupin

“I’m Standing With You” from “Breakthrough” – Performed by Chrissy Metz
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II” – Performed by Idina Menzel and AURORA
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“Stand Up” from “Harriet” – Performed by Cynthia Erivo 
Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo


In addition to the five nominated song performances, the show will feature a special appearance by Questlove and a guest-conducted segment by Eímear Noone. Noone is the first woman to conduct during an Oscars telecast.

The producers will continue to announce talent joining the show in the coming weeks.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.




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The Virtual Fashion Archive animates culturally significant fashion objects through motion, interaction, and participation. Produced by the creative studio Superficial with collaboration from The Museum at FIT, this new virtual project uses 3D computer graphics simulate motion, volume, and texture in order to broaden access and appreciation for extraordinary design. 

The inaugural collection of the Virtual Fashion Archive features four objects from the study collection of The Museum at FIT. The viewer can scale, spin, and animate a digital model of garments by Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler, and Claire McCardell. In addition to the interactive feature, short animated films demonstrate how the pattern pieces form a final garment. The objects selected were chosen for their range of innovative construction techniques and variety of textile types.





"The Museum at FIT was delighted to partner with Superficial on the Virtual Fashion Archive,” says Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of MFIT. “It is exciting to see innovative technologies bring to life objects from our study collection so that students and designers have a new way to understand and engage with museum objects." 

Visit the Virtual Fashion Archive to interact with these digital fashion objects. (Please note: you must enable flash in your browser to enjoy the interactive features) To learn more about the project and its methodology, read this recent article by Superficial, Fashion Beyond Physicality.

See the animated object in action below:

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#MovietimeInManhattan @TheAcademy 92ND OSCARS® ANNOUNCE FIRST SLATE OF PRESENTERS Oscar® Winners Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, Regina King and Rami Malek Return to the Oscars® Stage


Oscar® winners Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, Regina King and Rami Malek will present at the 92nd Oscars®, show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced today. All return to the Oscars stage after winning last year in their respective acting categories. The Oscars will air live Sunday, February 9, on ABC.
“We love the tradition of having the previous year’s Oscar-winning actors on stage to celebrate the achievements of their peers and are thrilled to welcome back these four great talents,” said Howell Taylor and Allain.

The producers will continue to announce talent joining the show in the coming weeks.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.



ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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#MovietimeInManhattan @TheAcademy ACADEMY’S OSCAR® WEEK EVENTS CELEBRATE THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES


In the week leading up to the 92nd Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories. All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Oscar® Week schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Hosted by Academy Documentary Branch Governors Kate Amend, Rory Kennedy and Roger Ross Williams

The Academy showcases the nominated films and filmmakers in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature categories. The evening will include a presentation of clips from this year’s nominated films. Nominees from all ten documentaries will participate (schedules permitting).


Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Hosted by director Vicky Jenson

The Academy celebrates the nominated films and filmmakers in the Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories. The evening will include a screening of all ten nominated shorts in their entirety, as well as discussions with all the nominated filmmakers (schedules permitting).


Thursday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Hosted by International Feature Film Award Executive Committee co-chairs Larry Karaszewski and Diane Weyermann

The Academy will spotlight this year’s nominees for Best International Feature Film, formerly known as Foreign Language Film. The night will feature clips from each nominated film, as well as a panel discussion with the directors (schedules permitting).


Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Hosted by last year’s Animated Feature Film Oscar winners, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

The Academy presents this year’s event celebrating the films and filmmakers nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. The program will feature clips from each film, with an onstage discussion with each group of nominated filmmakers (schedules permitting).


Saturday, February 8, 3:00 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Hosted by Academy Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch Governors Kathryn L. Blondell, Lois Burwell and Howard Berger

The Academy will celebrate the artists nominated for the Makeup and Hairstyling award in our 14th annual event spotlighting this category. The event will include a screening of the “bake-off” reels that Academy branch members viewed before voting on the nominated films. Each will be followed by a discussion panel with the nominees (schedules permitting).

Tickets went on sale online on Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. PT at Oscars.org. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (Shorts and Foreign Language Films tickets limited to four per person). Doors open one hour prior to each event. All ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information, visit Oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Public programming for 2020 Oscar Week is made possible in part by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which promotes authentic representation in the entertainment industry and full inclusion of people with disabilities throughout all sectors of society.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.




ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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#NewYorkNotes @RecordingAcad MICKEY SMITH JR. IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2020 MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND GRAMMY MUSEUM®

SMITH AND NINE FINALISTS TO RECEIVE CASH HONORARIUMS WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT AND RESOURCES PROVIDED BY THE GRAMMY MUSEUM®'S EDUCATION CHAMPION FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND



WHO: 
Mickey Smith Jr. of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, Louisiana, is the recipient of the 2020 Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy® and GRAMMY Museum®. In addition, nine music teachers have been announced as finalists for the award. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations and applications for the 2021 Music Educator Award are now open via www.grammymusicteacher.com. A complete list of the winner and finalists is below.

WHAT: 
A partnership and joint presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher— students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application. 
Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The 2020 honoree will be in Los Angeles, the host city of the GRAMMY Awards®, and will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week. The recipient will also attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony on Jan. 26 and a range of GRAMMY Museum events. The winner will receive a $10,000 honorarium with a matching school grant. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and their schools will also receive matching grants.

The grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum's Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

BIO: 
Mickey Smith Jr.'s mission is to reach every student who enters his classroom. Smith serves as the lead band director at Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, Louisiana. Under his direction, the band has grown more than 500 percent and now encompasses nearly 50 percent of the total school population. His goal is to help provide a quality education to each child in his classroom and throughout his community by promoting positive learning experiences where children not only grow musically, but personally too. Smith sees music and education as opportunities for all to discover the best in others and themselves. Through his nonprofit, MusicMakers2U, Smith provides instruments to children in the community. Throughout the school year, Smith conveys a message to students that each one of them has a "sound." Smith describes his personal "sound" as his ability to entertain, educate and elevate everyone to excellence. This is made evident as he demonstrates the power of music by emotionally connecting with students, educators and audiences throughout his entire community and across the country.





ABOUT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
Established in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, "like" the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.


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As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Working with dealers and nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $2 billion in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life and encourage employee volunteering. For more information, visit www.fordfund.org or join us at @FordFund on Facebook and Twitter.


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#NHLPeachy Alex Ovechkin: The Road to 700 Goals (10th Place)


OVECHKIN PASSES LEMIEUX, NOW EIGHT GOALS SHY OF 700
Alex Ovechkin scored his second hat trick in as many games and tallied his third straight multi-goal outing – a first in his NHL career – to record the 690th, 691st and 692nd regular-season goals of his NHL career. That propelled Ovechkin ahead of Mario Lemieux (690) and into a tie with Steve Yzerman (692) for ninth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list

* The Capitals captain has scored hat tricks in consecutive games for the third time in his career, with each instance coming since his 32nd birthday (also Oct. 5-7, 2017 and Dec. 11-14, 2018). 

* Ovechkin (34 years, 123 days) is one of three players in NHL history – and just the second in the past 98 years – to record consecutive hat tricks three times in his career. He joins Wayne Gretzky (3x), the NHL’s all-time goals leader with 894, and Joe Malone (4x), widely known as one of the first pure goal-scorers in League history. Both Malone (31 years, 327 days) Gretzky (23 years, 28 days) recorded their last such instances at a younger age than Ovechkin. 

* Ovechkin sits eight goals shy of becoming the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club. He will need to overtake two more Hall of Fame members on his way to the illustrious group.


* Ovechkin is on pace to go from 600 to 700 goals in only 157 games, which would mark the fewest games to make that leap for any member of the 700-goal club. It also would be the second-fewest games to get from one 100-goal milestone to another in his career.


* The fewest contests Ovechkin has needed to score any collection of 100 goals is 126 games – after tallying his 124th career goal Dec. 27, 2007, he netted his 224th goal Oct. 6, 2009.

* With multiple goals in three straight games and hat tricks in each of his last two, Ovechkin now is on track to reach the 700-goal mark in only 1,146 career games – which would be the second-fastest in League history. Wayne Gretzky (886 GP) and Brett Hull (1,157 GP) are the only players to hit the milestone in fewer than 1,200 games.

* Ovechkin has averaged 0.61 goals-per-game to this point in his career – to rank fifth in NHL history (min. 300 GP) – including a League-best 0.58 rate since celebrating his 30th birthday on Sept. 17, 2015. Among players in the 700-goal club, only two scored at a rate of 0.50 G/GP or higher from age 30 onward.

By the Numbers: Alex Ovechkin’s Road to 700 NHL Goals
A look at some of the numbers behind the highest-scoring left wing and Russian in NHL history:


5,458 

Shots on goal by Alex Ovechkin to date; only Ray Bourque (6,209) and Jaromir Jagr (5,637) have more since the League began tracking in 1959-60.


5,219 

Days from his first NHL goal (Oct. 5, 2005) to his 685th NHL goal (Jan. 18, 2020).


430 

Even-strength goals by Alex Ovechkin, 11th-most in NHL history.


258 

Power-play goals by Alex Ovechkin to date; only Dave Andreychuk (274) and Brett Hull (265) have more since the League began tracking in 1933-34.


258 

Assists by Nicklas Backstrom on regular-season goals by Alex Ovechkin. Only three players in NHL history have set up a teammate more: Wayne Gretzky (364; Jari Kurri), Bryan Trottier (310; Mike Bossy) and Henrik Sedin (280; Daniel Sedin).


238 

Go-ahead goals by Alex Ovechkin, the third-most in NHL history behind Brett Hull (264) and Jarome Iginla (262).


75 

Tiebreaking goals by Alex Ovechkin that have stood as the game-winner; tied with Jaromir Jagr (75) for the most such goals in NHL history.


280 

The fewest games played required for any 200-goal span of Alex Ovechkin’s career – he scored career goals 61 to 261 from Nov. 6, 2006 to Feb. 7, 2010. Once Ovechkin passes Mark Messier (694) with goal 695, he will need 200 goals to overtake Wayne Gretzky (894).


217 

Times Alex Ovechkin has scored Washington’s first goal of a game, the fifth-most such goals in NHL history (he has given the Capitals a 1-0 lead 119 times).


140 

Different goaltenders Alex Ovechkin has scored against during the regular season.


124 

Tying goals by Alex Ovechkin, the third-most by a player at the time of his 692nd career goal behind Dave Andreychuk (137) and Joe Sakic (132).


109 

Game-winning goals by Alex Ovechkin, tied for sixth place in NHL history.


93 

Different players to record an assist on an Alex Ovechkin goal during the regular season (Top 3: Nicklas Backstrom: 258; John Carlson: 110; Mike Green: 70).


48 

Goals by Alex Ovechkin against the Lightning, his highest total against one franchise during the regular season (Top 5: TBL: 48, WPG/ATL: 47, CAR: 43, TOR: 41, NYI: 39; FLA: 39).


29 

Age, in years, of Wayne Gretzky when he scored his 700th regular-season goal. He is the only player to reach the milestone before age 36.


23 

Overtime goals by Alex Ovechkin during the regular season, the most in NHL history.



Most regular-season games against a goalie versus whom he has never scored a goal (0 G in 7 GP vs. Mike Condon and Mathieu Garon).



Career regular-season goals scored by Alex Ovechkin against Pascal Leclaire – the goaltender against whom he scored his first NHL goal.



Shorthanded goals scored by Alex Ovechkin, with his last coming more than 11 years ago against the New York Rangers (Jan. 3, 2009).


0.94 

Alex Ovechkin’s career goals-per-game against the Wild, his best against one franchise.

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#NHLPeachy NHL Releases Mid-Season Rankings for 2020 Draft

Lafreniere joins World Junior teammates atop North American rankings; Stuetzle tops international list

Left wing Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic ranks No. 1 among North American skaters for the 2020 NHL Draft, followed by a pair of his Team Canada gold medal-winning teammates from the 2020 World Junior Championship: No. 2 Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves and No. 3 Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. Tim Stuetzle, a left wing for Mannheim in Germany’s top professional league, ranked as the top international skater as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its mid-season rankings. 



Lafreniere (Saint-Eustache, Que.), who was named CHL Player of the Year and QMJHL Most Valuable Player in 2018-19, leads all QMJHL skaters with 24-49—73 in 34 GP in 2019-20. He was a standout at the 2020 World Junior Championship where he was named Most Valuable Player and Best Forward after averaging two points per game for Team Canada (4-6—10 in 5 GP) to help his country capture the gold medal.



If selected first overall, Lafreniere would become the first Quebec-born player taken No. 1 since Marc-Andre Fleury in 2003 and first Canadian-born player to be taken with the first overall pick since Connor McDavid in 2015.


“Lafreniere is an exceptionally smart player with top-end speed and quickness that make him a formidable scoring threat whenever he’s on the ice,” said NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr. “He plays a precision game with his vision, anticipation and ability to execute under pressure which sets him apart from the rest of the Draft class. For three years now, his play in the QMJHL and on the world stage have proven he can be the difference maker and his strength of character shines through as one who battles and competes for the win – he is the definition of a natural.”



Joining Lafreniere atop the rankings for North American skaters are a pair of his Team Canada World Junior gold medal-winning teammates, including No. 2 Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont.), a center for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL).


In addition to Lafreniere and Byfield, No. 3 Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont.), a defenseman for the Erie Otters (OHL), was also part of Team Canada’s gold medal performance at the 2020 World Junior Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic.


Rounding out the top five are center Cole Perfetti (Whitby, Ont.) of the Saginaw Spirit (OHL) and OHL scoring leader Marco Rossi (Feldkirch, Austria) of the Ottawa 67’s.


Stuetzle (Viersen, Germany) is averaging almost a point per game with Mannheim in Germany’s top professional league (5-18—23 in 26 GP) and recorded 0-5—5 in five games for Germany at the 2020 World Junior Championship. He can become the third German-born and trained player picked in the top 10 of the NHL Draft: Leon Draisaitl (No. 3 in 2014) and Mortiz Seider (No. 6 in 2019).




“Stuetzle is a smart, creative, playmaking forward who as a 17-year-old has been able to produce at nearly a point-per-game pace in the German professional league,” said Goran Stubb, Director of NHL Central Scouting’s European Services. “He has an exceptional combination of skating and puck skills that are at an elite level and he’s capable of making precision plays at top speed with a wicked finishing shot. Stuetzle is one of those players with the natural instincts that allow him to control the tempo of a game.”



Joining Stuetzle among the top-five ranked international skaters are four players who have spent the majority of 2019-20 in their country’s top professional league: No. 2 Lucas Raymond (Gothenburg, Sweden), a left wing for Frolunda (SWEDEN), No. 3 Alexander Holtz (Stockholm, Sweden), a right wing for Djurgarden (SWEDEN), No. 4 Anton Lundell (Espoo, Finland), a center for HIFK (FINLAND) and No. 5 Rodion Amirov (Salavat, Russia), a left wing for UFA (RUSSIA).


In the crease, Nicolas Daws (Burlington, Ont.) of the Guelph Storm (OHL) ranks as the top North American goaltender, while Yaroslav Askarov (Omsk, Russia) of Neva St. Petersburg (RUSSIA-2) tops international netminders.



The mid-season rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 135 skaters and 10 goaltenders internationally.



In its 45th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. Headed by Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs seven full-time and 14 part-time scouts throughout North America. To report on prospects playing internationally, the NHL employs the services of Goran Stubb and his staff at European Scouting Services based in Finland.



Combined, NHL Central Scouting and European Scouting Services will see more than 3,000 games this season.



The 2020 NHL Draft will be held June 26-27 at Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens, marking the 27th time the city of Montreal will host the event and the first time since 2009.



For NHL Draft history visit https://records.nhl.com/draft.

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#NHLPeachy Alex Ovechkin: The Road to 700 Goals (11th Place)


OVECHKIN PASSES SELANNE, NOW 14 GOALS SHY OF 700
Alex Ovechkin scored the 685th and 686th regular-season goals of his NHL career Monday to pass Teemu Selanne (684) for sole possession of 11th place on the League’s all-time list and propel the Capitals to a 2-0 win.

* Ovechkin sits 14 goals shy of becoming the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club, with three Hall of Fame members – Mario Lemieux (690), Steve Yzerman (692) and Mark Messier (694) – standing between him and the illustrious group.


* Ovechkin needed 142 games to get from goal 600 to goal 685, matching Wayne Gretzky for the fewest contests to make that leap. Gretzky is the only member of the 700-goal club who needed fewer than 200 games to go from 600 to 700.


* Ovechkin has averaged 0.60 goals-per-game to this point in his career – to rank fifth in NHL history (min. 300 GP) – including a League-best 0.57 rate since celebrating his 30th birthday on Sept. 17, 2015. Among players in the 700-goal club, only two scored at a rate of 0.50 G/GP or higher from age 30 onward.


* At his 2019-20 pace (0.60 G/GP), Ovechkin is on track to join the 700-goal club in his 70th game of the season and 1,154th contest of his regular-season career. Only two players hit the milestone in fewer than 1,200 games: Gretzky (886 GP) and Brett Hull (1,157 GP).

By the Numbers: Alex Ovechkin’s Road to 700 NHL Goals
A look at some of the numbers behind the highest-scoring left wing and Russian in NHL history:



5,450 

Shots on goal by Alex Ovechkin to date; only Ray Bourque (6,209) and Jaromir Jagr (5,637) have more since the League began tracking in 1959-60.


5,214 

Days from his first NHL goal (Oct. 5, 2005) to his 685th NHL goal (Jan. 13, 2020).


425 

Even-strength goals by Alex Ovechkin, 11th-most in NHL history.


257 

Power-play goals by Alex Ovechkin to date; only Dave Andreychuk (274) and Brett Hull (265) have more since the League began tracking in 1933-34.


255 

Assists by Nicklas Backstrom on regular-season goals by Alex Ovechkin. Only three players in NHL history have set up a teammate more: Wayne Gretzky (364; Jari Kurri), Bryan Trottier (310; Mike Bossy) and Henrik Sedin (280; Daniel Sedin).


236 

Go-ahead goals by Alex Ovechkin, the third-most in NHL history behind Brett Hull (264) and Jarome Iginla (262).


75 

Tiebreaking goals by Alex Ovechkin that have stood as the game-winner, tied with Jaromir Jagr (75) for the most such goals in NHL history.


280 

The fewest games played required for any 200-goal span of Alex Ovechkin’s career – he scored career goals 61 to 261 from Nov. 6, 2006 to Feb. 7, 2010. Once Ovechkin passes Mark Messier (694) with goal 695, he will need 200 goals to overtake Wayne Gretzky (894).


215 

Times Alex Ovechkin has scored Washington’s first goal of a game, the fifth-most such goals in NHL history (he has given the Capitals a 1-0 lead 117 times).


140 

Different goaltenders Alex Ovechkin has scored against during the regular season.


124 

Tying goals by Alex Ovechkin, the third-most by a player at the time of his 686th career goal behind Dave Andreychuk (137) and Joe Sakic (132).


109 

Game-winning goals by Alex Ovechkin, tied for sixth place in NHL history.


93 

Different players to record an assist on an Alex Ovechkin goal during the regular season (Top 3: Nicklas Backstrom: 255; John Carlson: 107; Mike Green: 70).


48 

Goals by Alex Ovechkin against the Lightning, his highest total against one franchise during the regular season (Top 5: TBL: 48, WPG/ATL: 47, CAR: 43, TOR: 41; FLA: 39).


29 

Age, in years, of Wayne Gretzky when he scored his 700th regular-season goal. He is the only player to reach the milestone before age 36.


23 

Overtime goals by Alex Ovechkin during the regular season, the most in NHL history.



Most regular-season games against a goalie versus whom he has never scored a goal (0 G in 7 GP vs. Mike Condon and Mathieu Garon).



Career regular-season goals scored by Alex Ovechkin against Pascal Leclaire – the goaltender against whom he scored his first NHL goal.



Shorthanded goals scored by Alex Ovechkin, with his last coming more than 11 years ago against the New York Rangers (Jan. 3, 2009).


0.94 

Alex Ovechkin’s career goals-per-game against the Wild, his best against one franchise.





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