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.
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.
His favorite mode of transportation are of the two-wheeled variety.
In his spare time, he enjoys knitting/wearing amazing boyfriend cardigans.
Perfecting his model look into middle distance. (it’s alot harder than it looks, people.)
Channeling Sidney Crosby and his #AwkwardPockets.
After his hockey career ends, we think he’d have a great future as a lumberjack.
And in honor of Halloween, we give you this gem.
Top Gun Boys. Get us every time.
Check out Nino on the twitter at @thelnino22.Tags: Foxy Friday, minnesota wild, Nino Niederreiter