Pic from Philip Pritchard’s Twitter, AKA @keeperofthecup
You may recall that Tim Thomas opted out of visiting the White House when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup because his political views differed from that of President Obama, and it sort of served as a launching point for the Tim Thomas Is A Different Cat campaign we saw over the remainder of the year.
Well, today is the Los Angeles Kings day to visit the White House, so Dustin Penner dropped this on his Twitter feed:
After careful consideration I’ve decided not to visit the White House today for political reasons LOL JK I’m not an idiot!Free trip? I’m in!
Alex Ovechkin has been on a tear of late, scoring a goal in his last five games, and racking up nine points over that span. The NHL recently took notice, and named him their first star of the week. When asked about it, he came out with this gem:
“I just try to do my best. Right now I’m scoring goals and I’m the king of the world. And a couple weeks ago I was almost in the toilet. So maybe you just forget to flush me.”
If you recall, some in the media had, indeed, flushed him (*cough*Milbury*cough*).
The Capitals have three straight wins, and suddenly sit two points out of a playoff spot. If Ovechkin can continue producing even half as much as he has over the past handful of games, don’t be surprised to see the Caps keep climbing.
“It feel normal. Like long time. It feels like kind of excited.
Sometimes it’s just lucky shot, sometimes it’s lucky bounce. Linemates have to do very good job to find me. They did and I just have to put puck in the net.”
Ah yes, so simple. Love that these quotes are written verbatim.
Ekman-Larsson, or “Harry Potter” as his teammates call him
While I can’t personally think of a car either of my parents would want less, the gesture is still sort of cool. Oliver Ekman-Larsson bought his parents an orange Lambo (do they even come in other colours?) to say thanks for everything they’ve done for him. “Thanks Oli. Don’t worry about us financially or anything, just make sure we have one really ostentatious super-conspicuous item.”
I’m being a jerk again, I’m sorry, this is a pretty cool thing. I just did not see this coming from the uber-humble, extremely talented 21 year old d-man.
Here’s what he had to say, in an interview with Julie Robenhymer (by the way, I can’t find the original yet, so this is clumsily translated Swedish):
Before he went to the U.S. last fall he took the opportunity to make his first major purchase in life – an orange Lamborghini for his father Patrick.
“It was his dream car. I don’t know if it still is, but know that it was at one point.
It was more a kind of gratitude gift for all he has done for me. The gift was for my mom, too. She doesn’t use it very often, but they have done so much for me and still do, so I wanted to give something back. They deserve it.”
Update: I didn’t realize the family lived in a small town either. This is from correspondence with a Swedish reader:
I don’t think it’s out-of-line with his humble personality, I suspect that since he heard his dad say that he had thoughts of making it happen for him some day as a token of his appreciation. But boy will that look out-of-place cruising around Karlskrona (a small town of 35k people down here on the southern coast).
Luke Fox of Sportsnet shared the above video of Brian Burke at the Easter Seals Dinner yesterday, in which Burke files his second entry of the day for quote of the year. “Today is not the day of my life where I start taking s*** from bums.”