Friday, December 31, 2010

Ass, Cash or Gas, Nobody Rides For Free

Not even NHL goalies! Friend of the Blog, Sandy (Nuts for Boults) took her adorable daughter to practice last week. She also brought some friends, one of which is pictured below wearing his brand new Ondrej Pavelec jersey that Santa brought him. He must have been a very good boy!

You might notice in the back behind Pavelec some guys messing with Pavs' beautiful white Porsche. Who knew, but apparently even cars that cost $50k and up also run on gasoline. Sandy reported that Pavs came squealing into practice late. When practice was over, the fans went outside by the parking lot to wait for their favorite player to come out. The young man pictured below wanted to get his photo with Pavs, so Sandy and the kids waited. Pavs pulls out of the parking area and maneuvers the car towards the opening and then...nothing. The car went dead. Sandy said it was like a standard car when you let off of the clutch and it goes dead..except this was an automatic. It wouldn't turn over or anything. So some of the Duluth Ice Forum staff had to come over and help. From what I understand the NHL starting goalie got a ride from one of the staff up to the gas station, holding the gas can in his lap. I picture Pavs sitting in like a 2004 Corolla. They got back and were putting the gas in Pavs car. Sandy asked if when he was finished, if Pavs would mind taking a picture with this little guy who doesn't get to go to practice as much. Pavs said "sure." He left the guys with the gas and came over to take this picture. You can see the guys in the background putting gas in the car.

For the next game, Sandy made Pavs this sign.


Nuts for Boults January 2, 2011 at 8:55 AM  

OK--here is the rest of the story....My little buddy is standing next to Pav's car getting puck signed when the car goes dead....Pav's looks at him and says, "Uh, that's not good." Pavs handled it A LOT better than I would have. I would have died right there. Pav's finishes signing then look over at these two 20 year old guys and says, "Can I get push, please?" Very polite. They had to tell him to put it in Nuetral so they could push. Well, they are pushing, and Pavs needs to steer.....Well, he needs to turn left (strange NASCAR reference)and realizes it ain't the same as when the power steering works. "Ugh!" He gets turned, parts on the curb and is then rescued by the suit.....It was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.

The best the game he following night, he changed his warm position. He would not come to my side of the ice. However, a couple of players got a good laugh out of it.

Sunshine36616 January 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM  

That story is so awesome!!! Thanks for sharing it.


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