When NHL player Alexander Ovechkin kept begging to be picked last during last month’s All-Star Fantasy Draft – so he could win a new car – everyone thought he was acting like a spoilsport.
“I need a car so bad.” – Alexander Ovechkin pic.twitter.com/vda6mG82ai
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 24, 2015
But it turns out, the multi-millionaire‘s heart was totally in the right place. The Washington Capitals captain simply wanted to donate the car to the Washington Ice Dogs, a local hockey team that allows people with physical and developmental disabilities the chance to play the game.
Unfortunately, Ovechkin didn’t win the car, but once Honda found out about his noble intentions, they came to the rescue. They ended up giving Ovechkin the keys to a Honda Accord, which he handed over to the team.
“I’m so happy,” he said, speaking to QMI Agency. “It’s for such a worthy cause.”
The Washington Ice Dogs hold a special place in Ovechkin’s heart. This past September, the famous player went on a sushi dinner date with Ann Schaab, a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who plays for the team.
“It’s just a sweet time, a good time, a cool time for me and for her,” Ovechkin told NHL.com. “I’m pretty sure they’re going to use [the car] all the time. Obviously for them it’s going to be a great present from my side, from Honda’s side and from all the NHL’s side.”
Alex might be a beast on the ice, but off it he’s got a heart of gold.
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