This Hockey Player’s Home Went Viral On Twitter, and You Have to See the Home Theater

published Jul 25, 2019
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What can the salary of a professional hockey player buy these days? For starters, a five-bedroom house in the Pittsburgh suburbs with 7.5 baths, a walk-in wine closet… and a contender for the world’s loneliest home theater.

Or at least, that is apparently how former Penguins winger Phil Kessel chose to spend some of his money and time when he was working in the Pittsburgh area. Now that he’s been traded to the Arizona Coyotes, Kessel’s home is on the market for $2.2 million. The house itself is a nice suburban structure, with an open kitchen and room for a pool. That is, until you notice the home theater.

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Did anyone else immediately start singing “One is the loneliest number…” in their head?

The entertainment system, which features a wide-screen projector and built-in speakers, has one single armchair in front of it. Of course, if you squint a little bit (and do a little mental marketing), this could go from the saddest spot for solo movies to the best. Forget streaming Netflix from your bed all weekend—if you have $2.2 million to spare, you can turn your next binge into the luxury experience you always knew it could be: Watching a movie on a big screen in a comfy chair with no one to bother you.

There’s no word if, back when Kessel was a full-time resident, there were more chairs around for movie nights. We do, however, have an idea of what kinds of movies he might have watched when he was a full-time resident. If you take the virtual tour of Kessel’s former home, you can get a 360-degree view of the home theater, including its four movie posters.

The setup grabbed Twitter’s attention after Josh Rowntree, a reporter and anchor at Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, tweeted about it. At time of writing, the tweet had over 8K favorites.

In addition to a poster for “Wedding Crashers” and “The Godfather,” there’s a poster for the less-remembered “Rounders” and, best of all, “Glitter”, the notorious 2001 flop starring Mariah Carey. In a separate room in the basement, you can also see two mannequins wearing Kessel’s outfits from his two times at the Winter Olympics. Whether the mannequins are always there or were simply added to further remind viewers of the house’s connection to hockey fame is unclear. What is clear, however, is that if both of the mannequins wanted to watch Mimi’s acting debut, one of them is going to have to sit on the floor.