How to watch GR8TNESS: TV channel, live stream for special on Alex Ovechkin's race for Wayne Gretzky's record

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The Great 8 is an All-Star again. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is in South Florida this weekend for the 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend, representing Washington and the Metropolitan Division. 

While Ovechkin is going to be flying around in the All-Star Game, that's not the only screen time the Russian sniper is getting. 

One of the best storylines of the season is Ovechkin's race to break Wayne Gretzky's goal record, and ESPN is releasing a one-hour documentary on Ovechkin's chase to catch The Great One. 

** BREAKING NEWS *** The Chase is on! As the Great 8 tries to catch the Great One, @Ovi8 sits down with yours truly as part of an exclusive 1-hour @NHL on @ESPN documentary #GR8TNESS Check out this fire trailer! Feb 4 2ET on @ABC @capitals #HockeyTwitter

— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) January 27, 2023

Former NHL goalie and ESPN analyst Kevin Weekes sits down with Ovechkin to talk about his NHL career, his incredible goal-scoring ability and his mindset as he gets closer to Gretzky's goal record. 

MORE: Alex Ovechkin Goal Tracker: The chase to break Wayne Gretzky's record

Here is how you can watch the ESPN documentary on Ovechkin. 

When does "GR8TNESS" air?

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 4
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ABC

ESPN is treating fans right before the All-Star Game with the special on Ovechkin.

It will air on ABC at 2 p.m. ET, one hour before the All-Star Game. 

How to watch, live stream "GR8TNESS" on ESPN

  • TV Channel: ABC
  • Live stream: ESPN+

The documentary will air live on ESPN on ABC leading up to the 2023 NHL All-Star Game. 

The documentary also will be available for viewers on ESPN+ to view, in addition to other ESPN documentary series. 

How close is Ovechkin to catching Gretzky?

Gretzky holds a ton of records in NHL history, many of which may never be broken. But the career goal record is one that he may not hold onto.

As of Feb. 3, 2023, Ovechkin is 82 goals away from matching Gretzky's mark of 894. For his career, the Capitals captain is averaging 0.61 goals per game, meaning at that rate, he would score 50 goals in an 82-game season, a feat that Ovechkin is very familiar with.

If Ovechkin stays healthy and is able to produce at his career average, he would still be at least two years away from breaking the record, as it looks like it would happen at some point during the 2024-25 NHL season. 

The biggest obstacle for Ovechkin will be injuries. As long as he stays on the ice, he's likely to pass Gretzky by the time his current contract expires in 2026.

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