Dylan Larkin’s making quite a name for himself this year. The rookie forward leads the Red Wings in scoring and earned an invite to the All-Star Game in Nashville, where he stunned the hockey world by winning the fastest skater contest.
But it’s the name he made for himself as a middle schooler that might end up being the highlight of his season.
A six-year-old video showing Larkin and an old bantam teammate having a bit of fun went viral this week. The 3 1/2-minute clip shows the pair putting on a shooting display that’s actually pretty impressive for a couple of kids, but it’s their goofy personas that make it a classic. The two talk about “getting in a quick snip show session down in the dungeon,” and flash their favorite “whips.”
But it’s the decision to identify himself as D-Boss that’s coming back to haunt him.
Not that he has any regrets.
“When we were 13 we were hoping that it would blow up and get a bunch of views. So it's fun,” Larkin told the team’s website. “Looking back, yeah, it's a little bit embarrassing, it makes me cringe a little bit but I was a kid. I was young.”
Naturally, Larkin’s teammates are making the most of this chance to roast the rookie.
“They’re all having fun with it,” he said. “I guess I have to own it. It’s already out there."
The team’s fans are all over it, too. Several have been spotted at Joe Louis Arena waving signs of support for D-Boss.
Larkin’s prepared for the possibility that the nickname might stick.
“I don’t mind it, I guess,” he said. “It’s kind of funny. We’ll see, I guess.”
He even fanned the flames a bit with a postgame tweet after Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the Senators.
You know, maybe D-Boss isn’t the worst nickname in the world.
The only question now: what else is in Larkin’s video vault?