Tom Wilson, who’s training for the resumption of the 2019-20 season back at home in Toronto, has found another hidden gem in his closet.
Wilson put on a powder blue Ilya Kovalchuk jersey from 2006 and asked his new teammate for an autograph.
“Think you could sign it for me @ilyakovalchukofficial?”
As a kid, Wilson also owned a jersey of another eventual teammate: Alex Ovechkin.
“I had his jersey growing up,” Wilson said after being selected 16th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. “It’s gonna be really cool to meet him [in training camp].”
In 2014, Wilson completed the Ice Bucket Challenge while rocking a vintage Ovi Capitol Dome jersey.
It’s unclear if Wilson ever got that jersey signed by Ovechkin, but they won a Stanley Cup together playing on the same line, so that’s probably cooler.
But consider: Wilson, who is as Canadian as maple syrup and a big helping of poutine, had jerseys of two Russian players growing up. Dude was progressive.
Headline photo courtesy of @tom_wilso
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