Capitals – Even though he wasn’t named MVP of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday night, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin finally got his new car. He won’t be keeping it for too long. Ovechkin, who missed out on the car Friday night after famously lobbying to be picked last in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Presented by Draft Kings, was given the key to new Honda after the game Sunday. He is donating the new wheels to the Washington Ice Dogs Special Hockey program, which is based in Crofton, MD. Ovechkin’s connection with the Washington Ice Dogs program includes his friendship with Ann Schaub, a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who went on a sushi dinner date with Ovechkin in September. “It means a lot,” Ovechkin told NHL.com. “Honda connected with my agent and they just gave me a car so I’m going to donate to [Washington Ice Dogs] and that sweet little girl.” Ovechkin’s quiet plan all along was to win the car Friday night so he could donate it to Washington Ice Dogs. He told nobody and was going to announce it if he was indeed one of the last two picks in the draft. He was picked third to last in the draft. The representatives from Honda were so intrigued by Ovechkin’s intense lobbying at the fantasy draft that they contacted his agent, David Abrutyn, to learn more about it. As soon as Honda heard about Ovechkin’s intentions they decided they would give him the car.
Ovi is the man part 103. Campaigned all weekend for a free car so he could give it to his favorite charity. That was all he wanted that whole time. To be picked last in the draft so he could donate the free car. Then he decided since he wasn’t picked last he’d just win the MVP of the game, but instead he just distributed the puck and ended up with 3 assists, not winning the MVP. But then Honda came through and gave him a car to donate to the Washington Ice Dogs Special Hockey program that he fell in love with after taking a 10 year old on a Sushi date. Good look from Honda and Ovi, who continues to win everyone’s heart. Ovi’s weekend summed up: Got drunk for 3 days straight, called a fan and left a voicemail, played a little bit of hockey, donated a car to charity. Really great stuff all around.
Ovechkin: "Everybody felt like I just want a car to drive it. Obviously I have lots of cars."
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) January 26, 2015