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Yzerman salutes Ovechkin, says he'll join party if he passes Gretzky

Red Wings general manager congratulated Capitals forward for goals milestone

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

Steve Yzerman had a congratulatory message to Alex Ovechkin, and more importantly, booked his spot at an epic party, you know, just in case.

The Detroit Red Wings executive vice president and general manager sent his well wishes in a video on Wednesday after Ovechkin passed him for ninth place on the NHL goals list. 

Ovechkin's 693rd goal came in the first period against the Nashville Predators. 

Tweet from @Capitals: 9. Alex Ovechkin (693)10. Steve Yzerman (692)Keep climbing @Ovi8!! 🚨 And now a message from Mr. Yzerman 🗣#ALLCAPS #Gr8 pic.twitter.com/HvVB9BSwzH

"You've had a tremendous career to date, and it looks like you're going strong and might play forever," Yzerman said in the video. "Best of luck and continued success. I really enjoy watching you play and watching you fill in the net."

Before he signed off, Yzerman made sure to put his name on the list for what promises to be a grand celebration if Ovechkin passes Wayne Gretzky (894) for the NHL's all time leader in goals.

"Oh, and one more thing, if you ever do break Wayne Gretzky's all time record for the most goals in the League, after watching your Stanley Cup celebrations, I want to be invited to your party," Yzerman said. 

Yzerman's got plenty of time to warm up his singing voice and perfect his fountain swimming strokes.

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