NHLers are human too, let's honor them for their battle off the ice.
  • Alex Ovechkin:his mentor & brother, Sergei died when he was ten.
  • Phil Kessel:overcame testicular cancer
  • Taylor Pyatt:his fiance died in an accident
  • Kris Letang:overcame a stroke and losing his best friend Luc Bourdon
  • Jordin Tootoo:his brother committed suicide
  • Matt Stajan:buried his newborn child
  • Rich Peverley:suffered a heart related trauma.

During Friday’s All-Star Fantasy Draft, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin attempted to be picked last by claiming he needed the new car…

His heartwarming reason for wanting the NHL All-Star Game car was actually so the car could be donated to the NOVA Cool Cats Special Hockey program.

Ovechkin’s connection with the Cool Cats includes his friendship with Ann Schaub, a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who went on a sushi dinner date with him back in September.

"It means a lot," Ovechkin told NHL.com. "Honda connected with my agent and they just gave me a car, so I’m going to donate to [Cool Cats] and that sweet little girl."

Ovechkin said he remained incredibly touched and moved by Schaub, who approached him to ask him on a date upon hearing he likes sushi, just like she does. “It’s just a sweet time, a good time, a cool time for me and for her,” Ovechkin said. “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.”

Ovechkin’s quiet plan all along was to win the car Friday so he could donate it. He told nobody and was going to announce it if he was indeed one of the last two picks in the draft. He was picked third to last in the draft. The representatives from Honda were so intrigued by Ovechkin’s intense lobbying at the fantasy draft that they contacted his agent, David Abrutyn, to learn more about it. As soon as Honda heard about Ovechkin’s intentions, it decided to give Ovechkin the car.

Ovechkin was surprised by the gesture, and was glad he could help the organization. “It’s going to go to Ann and the [Cool Cats] organization. It’s all about having fun and making people happy.”