It’s the Great One versus the Great Eight in a head-to-head battle for charity using EA Sports’ NHL 20 as the battleground.
Taking place at 8 pm ET on Wednesday, April 22, and streaming on the Washington Capitals’ Twitch channel, two of the most phenomenal NHL players in history will be raising money to help provide meals and equipment for frontline healthcare workers.
“Can’t wait to play the Great One in NHL 20,” wrote Ovechkin on Twitter. “Huge honor and will be lots of fun and more important help people! Stay safe and stay home fans. Miss you guys!”
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During this pandemic, the sporting world has come together in beautiful ways across the board. From cars lining the streets to pay tribute to a fallen NHLer, to Canadian legend Hayley Wickenheiser funding for personal protection equipment, and beyond.
Now, the greatest to ever lace them up and the prodigal adopted son of Washington will battle it out on the digital ice, all for a great cause.
Watch Gretzky vs. Ovi here
Watch along with Offside as we tune-in from our home offices. Those folks wanting to provide some help can donate to the charity Monumental Sports Foundation on Tiltify.
In addition to the livestream, Sportsnet also announced that Gretzky will be joining Ron MacLean to re-live some epic moments in Canadian hockey history. Those special presentations will air on April 25 (7 pm ET / 4 pm PT) and May 2 (7 pm ET / 4 pm PT).