Toronto Maple Leaf Forward Devastated He Wasn't Selected in Sudbury Hockey Pool
|Hockey Pool participant Edgar Hooten|
Toronto Maple Leaf Centre Nikolai Antropov expressed his deep regret today that he was not selected by any of the 17 participants in the D and M Mortgage Brokers office hockey pool in Sudbury.
"While young boy growing up in Kazakhstan, I dreamed of coming to North America to play in NHL and to be selected in fantasy hockey drafts held at suburban sports bars," said a visibly distraught Antropov from the Leafs' practice facility in Toronto earlier today. "I didn't get up early every morning when I was boy to make millions of dollars in NHL when (I was) older, I did it so I could be chosen as fantasy team member of construction workers, computer technicians and insurance salesmen."
"I really wanted to come through for them, and now...these people take away my dream."
The hockey pool draft, which was held at Sudbury watering hole PJ Smelter's on Monday evening, involved 17 people, including several D and M staff members and a couple of their friends, each drafting 12 NHL players for their hockey pool team.
Pool participant Edgar Hooten, the General Manager of the 'Hootenators,' insisted that he strongly considered taking the 25-year-old Antropov for his squad with a late-round pick, but he decided against it when thumbing through his copy of the Hockey News 'Hockey Pool Draft Projection 2005.'
"His profile said he's (Antropov) "injury prone and inconsistent." I just didn't know if that's the kind of player I want on my team, even with a 10th or 11th round pick," explained Hooten. "I thought I could do better with a good Canadian boy."
Jennifer McDowell, another participant in the D and M pool and a die-hard Leafs' fan, said that she was thinking about picking Antropov as well, but, after four pints of Keiths', she couldn't remember how to spell his name.
"I didn't know he'd take it so hard. Maybe I'll try and pick Antropov up as an injury replacement, just to boost his spirits."
|Nikolai Antropov drives away visibly upset over the pool selection
A devastated Antropov vowed to make the people of D and M Mortgage Brokers regret their passing him over. "There were 204 players selected in pool, and I wasn't one of them? I am not one of top 204 players in NHL? I will prove silly Sudbury people wrong-I promise I will finish within top 130 in scoring in league this year."
For reasons believed to be associated with his anguish over being slighted, Antropov pulled himself from the lineup for the team's season opener against the Ottawa Senators for "personal reasons." It is unknown when he will return to the team.
"We're going to let Nik take all the time he needs, goddammit motherfucker cocksucker," said Leafs coach Pat Fucking Quinn, when asked about the young Kazakh by a reporter.
Posted on October 6th, 2005