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What would you buy with your first NHL paycheck?

Nov 4, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

Brett Connolly AP

Tampa Bay rookie Brett Connolly isn’t easing into his new life as a rich professional athlete. The 19-year-old rookie is fully embracing it.

Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports that Connolly has purchased a new Range Rover to celebrate his status as a full-fledged NHLer. The Lightning recently announced they’d be keeping the sixth overall pick from the 2010 draft as opposed to returning him to Prince George of the WHL, where he would still be poor.

Sadly, it doesn’t sound like Connolly will be going full Judge Smails with his newfound wealth. (Sad because I’d like to hear a 19-year-old say how the world needs ditch diggers, too.) In addition to shelling out for his new ride, he’s also planning to take his parents on a vacation.

“I’ve got to pay them back,” he said. “A lot of sacrifices by them, a ton of money put it, early mornings. I’ve got to repay them somehow.”

So that’s what Connolly’s doing. What would you buy with your first NHL paycheck? Let’s open it up in the comments section.

I’ve narrowed down my list to three items. First is an exotic animal of some sort, because nothing says rich like owning a tiger or panda. Next option is a butler. Even if I still lived in an apartment and he had to sleep on the couch, having a butler answering the door would be cool. Final option would be a judge or cop in my pocket. Professional athletes are always getting into trouble. Nice to have someone on the payroll that can make things go away.

  1. scottpm99 - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    You spelled check wrong pal

    • Nowhere Man - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      He’s Canadian. It’s correct here.

      • kopy - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        True, but the Tampa Bay Lightning won’t be giving him any cheques.

  2. sknut - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    I would get either a Shelby Mustang or Dodge Charger, a nice muscle car.

  3. rca26 - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    New socks every day.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:27 AM

      I can’t even begin to tell you how many pro athletes do this. When I manged a footlocker here in MN when I was in High School – College, that’s all the Vikings players would do. Everyday after practice on Wed. they would come in around 2 or so and buy up all of our socks. I didn’t understand it at the time but now, I am soooo jealous. New socks FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. kopy - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Buy my mom a house, and spend the rest on PCP.

    • nhlbruins90 - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:59 PM

      I’m sure your mom would be happy, but with all that PCP, it would surely be your first and last paycheck.

    • taytay099 - Nov 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      He loves his mom.. and he loves PCP.

  5. comeonnowguys - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Assuming that I would be < 21 when getting the first check, a fake beard for playoff time.

  6. ebiscuit - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Carrie Underwood

    • nhlbruins90 - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:41 PM

      Your FIRST NHL paycheck? Mr. Underwood purchased Carrie long after his rookie year. She don’t come cheap. You might have to settle for Kelly Pickler.

  7. reedmanmania - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Kyle Wellwood as my butler, and Jersey Shore reenactor.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      He’d eat all your gourmet food, though. D:

  8. henryjones20 - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    having a butler wld. be cool as hell. i wld cuss him out from time 2 time then beg 4 forgivness when i sober up

  9. arsement - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    I have actually thought of this before… what I would do with the money.

    I’m definately not a diva or a “look at me” type person… if I’m comfortable, it’s gravy.

    After signing, I’d make sure I really liked my wheels. I want a tennis court and I want to live on a body of water with a sweet deck in the backyard.

    I love to travel and would make the most of my offseasons but going everywhere I could.

  10. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    I’d save it but that’s crazy talk.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:54 PM

      Blow the first one on a sick car or something, save the rest

  11. zidanevalor - Nov 4, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    I would probably pay a large chunk of my student loan debt to avoid interest payments, but I’m a boring person.

  12. nhlbruins90 - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    When I was 18, I bought myself a nice little (used) red sports car that I saved for working all through high school. That’s what most young guys want. Only difference is that the NHL teen rookies always seem to buy some type of BMW that goes for 100k plus.

    My little car wasn’t quite so expensive, but I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. I loved that car!

  13. flyerscup2010 - Nov 5, 2011 at 5:17 AM

    a tiny giraffe

  14. whatswellydoing - Nov 5, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    I probably wouldn’t spend my first cheque until well after my second one had come in. Being a rookie, I would probably be more focused on staying in the lineup.

    That being said, I would probably do the same. Get a nice car and buy something for my parents.

  15. petriskriko - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM


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