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Gretzky, Ovechkin to square off in NHL 20 livestream for charity

The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase takes place April 22 on Twitch

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

They have 1,600 goals between them but soon Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin will start from zero as they battle it out for scoring supremacy.

The Washington Capitals are hosting The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase on their Twitch Channel (Twitch.tv/Capitals) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, where the two NHL legends will square off in a best-of-three NHL 20 contest on XBOX. 

During the livestream, fans can make donations to the Edmonton Food Bank and MSE Foundation's "Feeding the Frontlines" fund, which provides meals to heroes in the medical community.

Gretzky told the Washington Post that he was inspired to arrange the friendly competition after he saw the video of Ovechkin playing NHL 20 with his son Sergei on his lap.

Tweet from @NHL: Some @EASPORTSNHL father and son bonding, the Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) way. #HockeyAtHome(🎥: IG/aleksandrovechkinofficial) pic.twitter.com/YfaL4m0W20

"This is a new sort of venture for myself, and a little bit for Alex, but you know what? This will be fun," Gretzky told NBC Sports' Kathryn Tappen in a sit-down interview alongside Ovechkin. "It's not anything serious. It's about trying to help people who need help right now and the good lord knows a lot of people need help at this point in time. So, for Alex and I this will be a fun night, an adventure, and we're really looking forward, I know I am, to participating. It will be fun."

The pair's appearance on the next edition of #HockeyAtHome, their first joint interview, will air at 5 p.m. EST on Monday, April 20 on NBCSN, Sportsnet, NHL.com, and the NHL's Facebook, IGTV and YouTube platforms.

Ovechkin (706) was eighth on the NHL's all-time scoring list, 188 goals behind Gretzky (894), at the pause, and they have had a special relationship even though their NHL careers never overlapped.

"Yeah, I'm excited about it," Ovechkin said. "Obviously, I didn't play a lot of (NHL20). I'm kind of a different guy on the video games. But I'm going to try to do my best to beat Wayne."

Tweet from @Capitals: Fans will be able to watch and listen to Ovechkin and Gretzky as they face off on XBox in a best-of-three format.An age-old debate finally gets put to rest.Who is the greatest #NHL20 player of all time?https://t.co/MstQ4qwly6

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