The kid’s name sounds like it should belong to a Simpsons Mafia henchman or spat out of the Wu-Tang Name Generator.
But Sonny Milano’s mitts should grab your attention even if his handle doesn’t.
“Sonny has lots of Patty in his game. Very similar skill set and talent,” an OHL front-office type who coached Patrick Kane told Hockey Night in Canada‘s Kevin Weekes.
Exhibit A in that skill set would be the buttery hands Mitts Milano showed off in a Toronto parking lot this week, flippy-floppies be damned. Just like fellow American Kane, the Massapequa, N.Y., native could have a little viral showoff video on his hands here:
A projected first-rounder in the NHL Draft this June in Philadelphia, Milano — a left winger who honed his skills as a point-per game player with the U.S. National Development Team — has had a stick in his palms since he was 18 months old.
The son of an Islanders fan didn’t just pick this thing up overnight. Watch this old home video from the Mitts Milano vault, submitted to Bauer as part of a national contest.
“They said whoever had the best video would get a pair of APX skates,” Milano told Newsday in January. “And my skates were getting pretty old.”