Alex Ovechkin was lobbying hard to become the last pick in the NHL all-star draft on Friday in hopes of winning a new car. And now we know why.
Ovehckin planned on donating the wheels to a cause close to his heart, and Honda granted him his wish on Sunday by giving him a key to a new car. The Capitals star will donate the car to the Washington Ice Dogs, a local hockey program for children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities.
Ovechkin is connected to the Ice Dogs through his relationship with Ann Schaub — the 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome he took on a sushi date in October.
According to the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt, Ovechkin was keeping his plan secret and wasn’t approached by Honda until after Friday’s draft.
“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.”
*Schaub actually plays for the Ice Dogs, not the Cool Cats as stated in the tweets above