Hey, Ovi. Are you reading this? Patrik Laine wants to play some PlayStation with you.
In a new Players’ Tribune article, Laine talks about his hockey life in Winnipeg, and reveals one of his biggest passions: playing Call of Duty.
Now he wants to play with one of his idols, Alex Ovechkin.
It’s pretty cool to play PlayStation with one of your idols. I wish I could play with Ovi — that would be sick. Ovi, are you reading this? Do you game?
Ovi was probably my first idol. Do you remember the goal where he, like, fell on his back and still scored against Arizona? That’s my first memory of him. I really enjoy his style of play. I used to watch him on YouTube all the time when I was 13. He was all over the ice. He’d lay a big hit in his own end, pick up the puck and be at the other end of the rink before the video had to start buffering. (The Wi-Fi, it’s not as good back then.)
Of course we remember that goal.
Laine also defends the city he now calls home, a month after several Sharks players called it the worst place to play in the NHL.
This is my home. These are my people now. I play for them. It’s a great, great city. Everyone who lives here really cares about one another, that’s what stands out to me. We are one group, all of us. Everybody is your neighbor. Winnipeg is bad? No. Winnipeg is good.
But mostly this article was a love letter to Laine’s one true love: Wi-Fi.
And my Wi-Fi — it’s sick.
But Wi-Fi is so important … it might be the most important thing. People sometimes ask me about my favorite city to visit on the road. I tell them the same thing every time: Whichever one has the fastest Internet at the hotel.
Although Laine currently plays Call of Duty against Nikolaj Ehlers and Aleksander Barkov already, he wants to add Ovechkin to his crew.
So what do you say, Ovi?
February 13 update: According to Laine, he did not say this or write this (or however they create posts at the Trib).
Laine said playing Ovechkin, his idol, is still exciting for him. Also said he didn't actually write that he wants to play video games with him. Because the ghost-writing at Players' Tribune apparently can't be trusted.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) February 13, 2018
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