The biggest storyline heading into the NHL’s All-Star Fantasy Draft Friday night was who would go last? Four years ago, Phil Kessel was humiliated as the final pick and it was great theatre. Kessel was awkward, everyone laughed, and then the Russian machine started snapping photos of him with his mobile phone which made it even awkwarder.
Fast forward to tonight and Alex Ovechkin flipped the script. When asked if he’d be mad if he wasn’t selected first, Ovechkin started campaigning. “I wanna be last,” he said. “I need a car.” Except, he wasn’t joking.
After the Kessel incident, the NHL started giving away prizes to the last pick to soften the blow of being the NHL’s Mr. Irrelevant. This year the prize was a 2015 Honda Accord.
Ovi wanted it. Bad.
Ovechkin was just fine hanging out alone backstage with Pierre McGuire.
A relevant RMNB article to share right now: "Alex Ovechkin’s Parents Don’t Know Why He Needs Seven Cars" http://t.co/BlW8WLRzTt
— RMNB (@russianmachine) January 24, 2015
He did not care who picked him.
Then he started interrupting other player’s interviews.
The NHL played along.
At the end of the draft, only Ovechkin, former Capital Filip Forsberg, and Ryan Nugent Hopkins remained. That is when Ovechkin’s dreams were crushed.
Saying Ovi was disappointed would be an understatement.
At first, Ovechkin refused to come out to the stage.
A minute later, he did. As he put on his new jersey, Team Foligno assistant captain Patrick Kane instructed Ovi “to just buy a car.” Ovechkin responded with something not fit for TV.
So that was hilarious.
Foligno on Ovi and the car: "There must be something back home in Russia that Honda Accords are hot right now."
— Josh Cooper (@JoshuaCooper) January 24, 2015
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