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Hayes bribes picky eater Vesey to try sushi for first time

Rangers forward to buy teammate's coffee for a year because he ate raw fish roll

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Jimmy Vesey did a lot in his first year living in New York, but apparently trying the city's terrific sushi wasn't one of them. Fortunately his teammate and friend Kevin Hayes is around to show Vesey the ropes, raw fish-wise.

Hayes recently took Vesey out to try sushi for the first time while the two were Boston, bribing him with a free year of coffee if the self-proclaimed picky eater tried a roll.

Tweet from @NYRangers: OFFICIAL: #NYR @19Vesey tried �� for the first time in his life! Full video here with play-by-play from @KevinPHayes12!!! pic.twitter.com/R0jubEq0xg

Vesey, who signed with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 19, in part because of Hayes' lobbying. After eating a few slices, Hayes, a sushi enthusiast, pushed Vesey to test a different roll.

"This is our friendship on the line," Hayes says.

"For free coffee," Vesey answers, laughing, "not for our friendship."

Vesey shows pretty solid chopstick skills for a novice. Hayes, who like Vesey is from the Boston area, provides both commentary of the meal and advice for the proper way to eat the rolls with the sticks. Ultimately, Vesey's sushi opinion did not seem swayed even after trying it.

"It's not bad," Vesey says, clearly unimpressed, "but like how do people worship sushi?"

Maybe he'll grow to love it.

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