Most valuable player = mostly vanishing privacy.
You would think a league MVP in a major, celebrity-driven market would see his privacy vaporize in a dizzying flurry of red carpets, photo drive-bys and TMZ blurbs.
Thankfully, there are rare exceptions to that expected course of events.
Corey Perry, the Ducks forward who is the NHL's reigning MVP, recently showed that his skill for anticipation does not lie only on the ice. He seemed to know where the question was headed after the first couple of words and got off his response in rapid-fire fashion.
Did he feel he has been treated any differently?
"No, no," Perry said. "I can answer that question quickly. No. I don't think so at all. I'm the same person I've been. I've tried to act the same way. I want to be treated the same way as anybody else.
"I don't go looking for it [extra attention], and I don't expect it. That's what I want and what I hope to have. Everybody needs their privacy and everybody needs their space."
In many ways, the NHL All-Star game Sunday in Ottawa illustrates how far Perry managed to fall under the radar. He made the roster when Ducks teammate Teemu Selanne opted out and urged Perry's inclusion.
Perry even wondered why local reporters wanted to talk to him about the All-Star game when the Ducks presented him with several interview requests.
He largely escaped attention in the All-Star game fantasy draft Thursday. He was not the first player selected nor the last. Perry was picked by Team Chara in the sixth round and did not have to answer questions on the live television broadcast.
Ducks' Corey Perry is one low-profile MVP
Los Angeles Times | Jan 29