— Now Hear This

After 10 years, this NHL player finally came through for his #1 fan — and then they faced off on the ice

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When we’re kids, we all have idols in sports or movies that we look up to. For NHL player Miles Wood, his childhood idol was NHL star Alex Ovechkin.

These days, 21-year-old NHL rookie has made it big in the NHL himself, but 10 years ago, all Wood wanted was Ovechkin’s autograph. He even sent him a later with a hockey card he hoped the star would be able to sign and send back.

And in that letter, Wood warned Ovechkin what would happen if he didn’t receive the signed card in the self-addressed envelope.

Miles’ father, former NHL player Randy Wood, revealed the story in an interview shared on the New Jersey Devils’ Facebook page.

“He said, ‘If you don’t sign this and send it back to me, when I make it to the NHL I’m going to give you a big body-check.”
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