Foxy Friday: Nino Niederreiter

It’s Friday, folks, so you know what that means!


Today, we’re featuring a guy with one of the coolest names in hockey – Nino Niederreiter.

Say that five times fast.

But who exactly IS Nino Niederreiter?

Nino is part of the youth movement in Minnesota, part of a core group of players which are poised to be an integral part of the Wild’s climb in the very difficult Central Division.

He was born in 1992 in Switzerland, land of Ricola and neutrality. One might not think of Switzerland as a hockey powerhouse, but over the last few years, there has been an emergence of Swiss talent joining the NHL ranks.

Roman Josi. Damien Brunner. Yannick Weber.  All Swiss. All love chocolate.


Niederreiter, AKA El Nino, was drafted 5th overall by the Islanders in the 2010 Entry Draft, making him the highest drafted Swiss player in NHL History. At the 2013 Entry Draft, he was traded to the Wild in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck and a 3rd round pick.  He’s 6’2″, 210 lbs, shoots left and this season, he has 2 G and 2A in 9 games.

Also, his eyebrows are working for us.

My eyebrows are up here, ladies.

In last year’s playoff game 7 verses the Avalanche, Nino had two goals and an assist including the OT game-winner to advance his team to the second round, earning his forever place in the hearts of Wild fans everywhere.


Some other important things you should know about the newest member of the Foxy Friday Fraternity –

He loves slides.


And Pictionary.


His favorite mode of transportation are of the two-wheeled variety.

They see me rollin’…they hatin’

Beep! Beep! Who got the keys to the Jeep?

In his spare time, he enjoys knitting/wearing amazing boyfriend cardigans.

Knit 2, Purl 1

“If you want to destroy my sweateerrrrrrrrrrrr”

Perfecting his model look into middle distance. (it’s alot harder than it looks, people.)

Le Tigre

Channeling Sidney Crosby and his #AwkwardPockets.


After his hockey career ends, we think he’d have a great future as a lumberjack.

“How much wood…

…could a woodchuck chuck…

…if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”

And in honor of Halloween, we give you this gem.

Iceman, Maverick, and Goose

Top Gun Boys.  Get us every time.

Check out Nino on the twitter at @thelnino22.

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  1. Amy V Reply

    “Also, his eyebrows are working for us.” You were looking at his eyebrows in that picture? 😉

  2. I’m trying to avert my eyes from certain part of that photo lest I look like a creepy cougar lady with impure thoughts.

    • Amy V Reply

      I understand. I tried not to have bad thoughts about him when he was in junior. 😀

  3. You had me with boyfriend cardigan but lost me with Top Gun because CHARLIE COYLE. *cryface*

  4. Kate Reply

    Vrooom! Pants, you and Nino are supa fly. Supa dupa fly.

  5. Deidra Reply

    You come up with the best photo captions! “They see me rollin’…they hatin’”

  6. Holy crap, his family home is straight out of a fairy tale – I love it!