Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,000th and 1,001st points Wednesday night against Pittsburgh. But lost in the madness of this historic achievement was an interview conducted by tiny journalist Aidan Kohn-Murphy. And the SI Kids contributor got a scoop.
While talking about collectibles, Ovechkin suddenly remembered something he was promised last year by the greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky.
“At a dinner, he said he would give me a stick. But he never sent it to me,” a desperate Ovechkin said, before turning and addressing the camera. “Wayne, please send me a stick!”
Video via NHL Network
Here’s the full discussion about sticks from SI Kids.
Outside of hockey, what would you say is your biggest hobby?
Alex Ovechkin: “I like collecting sticks from different players. You play against the great players, and when you are growing up, you play against a person like [Jarome] Iginla, Owen Nolan, Mario Lemieux, [Dominik] Hasek, [Martin] Brodeur….You want to have something to remember it. It’s like history. It’s going to be a memory for my kids and my grandkids. It’s pretty fun.”
Which are your favorite sticks you have gotten from other players?
Alex Ovechkin: “Probably Lemieux. I am still waiting for the Wayne Gretzky stick that he promised me last year. At a dinner, he said he would give me a stick. But he never sent it to me. Wayne, please send me a stick!”
The dinner Ovechkin is referring to is a swanky double date from last March. While the Caps were on the west coast, Wayne and Janet Gretzky had dinner with Ovi and his now-wife Nastya in Malibu.
Now here’s the kicker, Gretzky did send Ovechkin a stick, but way back in 2011.
The inscription reads, “To Alex, Pleasure to watch you play!”
While this is a crazy nice gesture, the stick Wayne signed does not appear to be game used. And I’m guessing this is what Ovi is after.
So Wayne, if you’re reading this, can you please send Ovi that hockey stick? He really, really wants it.
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