Miles Wood Asked Ovechkin To Sign A Card For Him When He Was Younger And Said He'd Check Him If He Didn't Get It Back
NHL- If you watched Devils All-Access on Facebook Live yesterday, you know what awesome tidbit our guest Randy Wood told us about his son, Miles. In case you missed it, ten years ago Miles sent Alex Ovechkin a hockey card with a SASE and asked him to sign it. In his request, he also told Ovechkin that if he didn't send it back, he'd check him the first chance he got when he made it to the NHL. Miles never got the card back and today is the first time he will face him. We'll see if Miles lives up to his promise tonight on NBCSN at 7 p.m.
There are only two types of 11 year olds that try to bully their idols into sending them signed memorabilia. The first are bratty assholes that feel entitled to receiving timeless tokens of fanhood but don't know how to ask nicely for them. Lucky for him, Miles Wood falls into the second, which is apparently overconfident little bastards that know - as much as any pre-teen can know - that they are going to develop into the fastest goddamn man on the planet and end up throwing their wrecking ball of a body around NHL ice with zero regard for human life. I bet if Alexander Ovechkin knew that Miles Wood was the latter instead of the former then he would have taken a break from autographing sticks for the terminally sick and returned a ridiculously presumptuous future peer's mail back a little more valuable.
It didn't have to be this way Ovy. If only you had played the cards you were dealt (by a 5th grader that thought he was way more intimidating than he actually was) better than you wouldn't have to keep your head on swivel waiting from the boom to get dropped on a decade old promise that you perceived as an empty threat. Instead you called it a bluff and now the bluff has no choice but to dial back and leave your ears ringing by pounding you into the end-boards on behalf of a child scorned. At least let's hope that's how this plays out. With Taylor Hall out Devils fans may very well be reduced to rooting for nothing more than a solid finish to a forecheck so it might as well be levied to the one of the best players in the sport from a rookie who somehow always knew he'd get the chance to deliver it.