It appears to be Friday again, or as it’s becoming known around this office: “Underage Boyfriend Day.”
Foxy Friday: Erik Gudbranson
Erik is a 21-year old defenseman for the Floria Panthers. (I accidentally typed 12-year old defenseman. My brain loves Damn You, Autocorrect!)
I think he should also be their mascot, because tickets to Saturday’s game vs. Tampa Bay are $11 on StubHub. That’s $11 to see this:
Though he’ll probably wear a shirt. Is there a $15 ticket package where he doesn’t? I will mail you $5 – you can tuck the last dollar into his hockey shorts.
If you were going to choose a place to professionally play your favorite sport, you could do worse than Florida. Yesterday I had to scrape the ice off my car door with a credit card just to get to the ice scraper inside.
Erik doesn’t have that problem. He probably drives a Jeep with no doors on it while wearing flip flops and a really tan left arm.
Erik made his sophomore season debut with the Panthers just last week. He missed the first 9 games of the year recovering from a September wakeboarding crash, which he admitted to his team.
Since the injury was non-hockey related, he was suspended – and thus unpaid – for the duration of the lockout. His honesty about the event seems to have gone a long way with his teammates and the press [link].
Does that make you want to give him a hug?
Now Erik is back in the lineup and earning his way to full ice time [link]. Last season he had 2G/6A in 72 games.
Gudbranson was selected 3rd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. I couldn’t see him over the screaming for Taylor Hall (#1) and Tyler Seguin (#2), so it’s taken me a while to get to Erik. Still not sure how this escaped my attention.
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He was the 2010 OHL Scholastic Player of the Year, for the athlete who “best combines high standards of play and academic excellence.” [link] If they had an award for holding babies, he’d have won that too.
Erik does a lot of charity work for cancer fundraising – even shaving his head to benefit St. Baldrick’s in February 2012 [video]. His youngest brother Dennis is a leukemia survivor.
That’s pretty foxy… or literally Fox-y. Fox-esque?
Honestly, what are the chances you’re still reading the words on this page?
PS: A while back, someone suggested Erik for Foxy Friday. I had *just* seen him in the Gongshow catalog the day before. Thanks to whoever that was for reminding me!