“Is very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.”
– Inigo Montoya
The Princess Bride
Fortunately for Miles Wood of the New Jersey Devils, this shouldn’t be a problem. His quest for revenge came to fruition last December when, after 10 years, he got to face off against someone who snubbed him as a child. And, unlike Inigo Montoya, he didn’t need to become a pirate to fill the void.
Wood, as an 11 year old, mailed Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals asking for an autograph. Unfortunately for Wood, he never received the autograph. Unfortunately for Ovechkin, on the other hand, there was more to the request.
As the boy’s father recalled, it read
“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.”
The teams faced off on December 29th, and Wood had his chance to deliver on his threat.
Luckily, Overchkin pulled the nice guy card and sent an autographed picture to Wood, reading, “To Miles, Take it easy tonight!!!”
Wood and the Devil’s won 2-1, and Ovechkin managed to avoid receiving the body check promised to him. Perhaps the autograph took some of the sting away from Wood’s wound?
The two got together after the game and posed for a quick shot, where Ovechkin told Wood he was, “Sorry about the card.”
I’m sure it was an odd mix of satisfaction and admiration for Wood to finally meet Ovechkin after 10 years, but I can’t help thinking only one thing was going through his mind the entire night.