A Backup Goalie’s Look at the NHL Lockout

Buffalo Sabre Jhonas Enroth – Photo by Andy Martin Jr

If you haven’t been following Sabres backup goalie Jhonas Enroth (@JEnroth125) in recent weeks, you’ve been missing out on an entertaining and illuminating look at what he’s been up during the early days of the NHL lockout.

Let’s take a brief look at some of his tweets to catch a glimpse of how he’s holding up during this difficult time.

One day before the official start of the lockout, and Enroth has a dream that his Audi was damaged. Bad omen, perhaps? Upon checking it out first thing the next morning, he discovers that all is well, disaster is averted. For we’re all aware that for the average NHL player, the disposable income necessary to fix a vehicle simply won’t be there in a few weeks. Scary, indeed.

One day after the lockout is officially announced, we see a series of tweets from Enroth (and several other Sabres players) being sent from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Bills, where the biggest disappointment of the day was a loss to the Jets. How inspiring it is to see local athletes sticking together through their respective tough times.

Four days in and Enroth has clearly had it with the lockout. Drafted in 2006, he has been waiting for his chance to shine in the NHL, and at the old age of 24, time is clearly running out on his hockey career. All credit to Enroth for coining a new slogan for the lockout in this tweet, though – “GB want more money” pretty much sums it up.


Before GB can get his hands on all of Enroth’s hard earned coin, he heads off to the mall to pick up FIFA 13 (note: not NHL 13). And like any good gamer, he parks himself on the couch and plays all day, only to find later that week that he can’t even get himself into an online footy match, let alone an NHL game.

As such, Enroth takes it upon himself to put out his own ad on twitter, stating quite clearly that he is more than willing to stop pucks for cash. Side note: plenty of his NHL brethren are heading over to Europe to suit up for teams in any number of cities. Did Enroth miss that memo?

And finally, just this morning, Enroth took to twitter to sound off on MLB’s apparent over the top celebrations, where baseball players pop champagne over merely qualifying for the playoffs. While this potentially raises questions about how his time on the couch has dried up of his competitive drive, or in regards to his lack of identification with that euphoric feeling based on the fact that the Sabres didn’t qualify for the playoffs last year, it will be interesting to see how he reacts if/when the Sabres achieve a measure of success at some point in the future. Expect a reserved & subdued reaction, saving the bubbly strictly for Stanley.

In all seriousness, Enroth’s tweets are but a small sample of the frustrations / attempts to keep busy that all NHL players must be experiencing right now, to varying degrees. And as the lockout drags on, it will be harder and harder to find some sort of humour in the midst of this otherwise dreary situation. One can only hope that a new collective bargaining agreement comes to fruition soon, or at the very least that Jhonas is able to find himself an online FIFA opponent before he resorts to doing more than just stopping pucks for money.

And please, someone watch over the Audi.

End note: Shortly after this piece was published, Enroth tweeted out these two gems, which only serve the reinforce his status as an NHL lockout ‘must follow’ on twitter.

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