It was good news to Ducks fans, teammates and staffers (like myself) when it was announced Thursday that Ben Lovejoy had agreed to a new three-year contract. It's not just because what Lovejoy did on the ice as a shutdown defenseman, who was a huge asset after being acquired by the Ducks from Pittsburgh in early February (and played great in this year's playoffs). But Lovejoy brings a quirky, smart and often funny personality to the Ducks locker room.
While Ducks fans were happy to be keeping Lovejoy around for another few years, teammates were as well, based on a couple of tweets:
Bobby Ryan: Really happy to see @RevLovejoy6 back with the boys! We have great chemistry in the executive corner of the locker room! #hesaheadcase
Lovejoy commented on that tweet in this Q&A I did with him on Friday: "When I got traded, I got put in a corner next to Bobby Ryan, who has been awesome. We really bonded in that corner. Also in that end of the locker room is Teemu, Getzlaf and Perry. So now with me signed, we have all the high-rollers locked up. I need to text our trainers to make sure I still have my locker room spot next to Bobby."
And on the #hesaheadcase remark: "I’m not a superstitious guy, but I have a lot of routines. And I think Bobby is just as bad, if not worse. So he’s dishing it out a little."
Here was Kyle Palmieri's reaction on Twitter: Congrats to @RevLovejoy6 on his extension. Well deserved. You can buy a whole lot of hand sanitizer with that! #germaphobe
In case you missed it, Lovejoy volunteered his germaphobia (I think that's the word) when I interviewed him about playoff beards just before the postseason started:
“I’m a chronic handwasher," he said. "I don’t like shaking hands, I just don’t like touching things. People give me a hard time for not being a dog lover or an animal person. It’s not that I don’t like them, I just don’t enjoy touching them.”
I asked him if he shakes hands or goes with the Howie Mandel fist bump.
“I will tough it out,” he said, “and then pull out some hand sanitizer when I have to. I carry it with me all the time.”
I asked how long it’s been the case. “It’s been awhile,” he said. “My teammates here have recently discovered it. I get a hard time, but I think they understand.”
They better. They'll have those quirks around the locker room and the road for another three years.
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