Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau doesn't like to come up short, so much so that he recently admitted to bending a rule or two if needed.
Named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday, Gaudreau acknowledged that he is fueled by an insatiable desire to compete. In fact, the 22-year-old admitted that his competitive fire occasionally has him doing his best to gain an unfair advantage – in matters away from an NHL arena, naturally.
Gaudreau has scored 15 goals and set up seven others during the streak. The 5-foot-9 forward resides tied for sixth in the league in both tallies (17) and points (39) in 35 games this season.
“All my life, whether it's hockey or a board game at home, I just can't stand losing. I'll find a way to try to cheat. You can ask all my buddies. Playing mini-hockey, we'll be down by one goal and I'll say it's a tie game. … It's something I've had in my blood my whole life. I hate losing at whatever we're doing.”
Gaudreau tied for 6th in NHL scoring. He's earning $925,000. The five guys ahead of him (Kane, Benn, Seguin, Hall, Karlsson) average $6.8M.