Oilers' Nail Yakupov buys homeless man dinner, hotel stay
A homeless Edmonton man got some help from the NHL's Nail Yakupov recently when the Oilers forward treated the man to dinner and got him a hotel room for the night.
Sportsnet reports that Yukupov was driving through Edmonton when a man approached his car to ask for money, and the 21-year-old went the extra mile, taking him to a nearby hotel, where he gave him money for a room and $100 to get dinner.
The 2012 No. 1 draft pick told reporters that he knows a small effort can mean a lot to those who are down on their luck.
"Two minutes. It’s not that hard," he said. "For them it’s huge. For you maybe it’s nothing if you’re going to lose a couple hundred bucks but for them it’s huge."
- Brendan Maloy