Alex Ovechkin spent the entire 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft campaigning Team Foligno and Team Toews to make him the last pick, ensuring that he would win a brand new Honda. Things didn’t go as the Washington Capitals captain had planned and he was selected before the final two of Filip Forsberg and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who both ended up receiving cars.
After the Draft concluded, the real reason why Ovechkin wanted the car was revealed: he had planned to donate it to the American Special Hockey Association, which is the league that 10-year old Ann Schaab plays in, his sushi date from earlier this season.
Honda executives heard about the story and stepped in make Ovechkin's wish come true. And on Monday, he was at a Honda dealership in Falls Church, Virginia, along with Ann, to accept the car.
“The kids are happy…they are smiling, which is great,” Ovechkin said via the Falls Church News Press. “Their parents are happy as well, so it’s a great day for us.”
ASHA plans to raffle the car off, with funds benefiting programs run in 30 states by the organization, according to USA Today.
Ovechkin's relationship with Ann was what set the wheels in motion on this and the little girl couldn't have been more excited.
Ann Schaab is here, flanking Alex Ovechkin. "He's my boyfriend. He is, because I love him."
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) February 9, 2015
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