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Blue Jackets fan trades pig socks for stick, Gavrikov rocks them

Columbus defenseman picks up some unique footwear from fan, models them right away

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Columbus Blue Jackets fan Jacey Snyder couldn't believe her eyes when she saw defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov wearing her socks on Tuesday.

Don't get us wrong, Gavrikov is no sock thief. They were acquired in a 1-for-1 trade fair and square.

It began when the 13-year-old Snyder, whose family has season tickets, brought a sign to Nationwide Arena on Saturday that read "Hey Vlad! Noticed you like cool socks! Trade you a pair for a stick?"

Gavrikov, in his third NHL season, knows a good deal when he sees it.

Tweet from @korpdsrvsbetter: I TRADED THOSE SOCKS FOR A STICK #cbj @BlueJacketsNHL https://t.co/HZVNIBxIfP pic.twitter.com/x42XlJKpdh

On Tuesday, the Blue Jackets very next game, the team posted some game day outfits and emphasized Gavrikov's unique socks on their official Twitter account.

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: sock game on point 🎯 pic.twitter.com/wpRrncm35s

The socks, blue with flying pigs on them, didn't end up in the back of a locker. They were on Gavrikov's feet.

"I was hoping he would wear them," Snyder told NHL.com. "He seems like a fun guy and like the kind of guy that would wear them. He's always goofing and having fun in warmups."

Gavrikov does have a certain sock flair so Snyder knew the pressure was on when she'd decided to make her sign requesting the trade. Ultimately, she found the perfect pair in the flying pigs.

"I live on a pig farm," Snyder said. "Pigs are kind of our thing."

Jacey's mom, Josie, was there for the trade with Gavrikov on Saturday. Her dad, Rick, and sister Joslyn missed the transaction as Joslyn had a 12U hockey game to play in that night.

"They were super excited," Jacey said of her bringing home the stick. "Vlad is one of my sister's favorite players too so she was really happy that we have his stick."

So, the question now is not who won the trade, but would Gavrikov ever give up on his new socks?

Maybe when actual pigs fly.

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