Matvei Michkov had one wish granted when the Philadelphia Flyers selected him seventh overall in the 2023 NHL draft Wednesday night. But he has another wish for his NHL career: To honor his late father by lifting the Stanley Cup.
Michkov's father, Andrei, died in April at the age of 51, according to the Russian Hockey Federation.
Matvei Michkov, an 18-year-old right wing who played for the Russian national team, was thinking about his late father as he wore a Flyers jersey for the first time.
"Right now, it's important for me to finish the goal that my dad had for me, and that's winning the Stanley Cup," he said through an interpreter.