I got a text from an unknown number on Tuesday. My phone said it was from Sweden.
“Hey, Ian,” the mysterious message read. “I saw this picture and instantly thought of you!”
Then my iPhone downloaded the photo above, which is amazing.
“It’s Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison keeping it sexy,” the mystery texter, Andrew Gordon, wrote. “This is hanging up in our locker room here in Linköping.”
After spending his first seven professional seasons in the NHL and its minor leagues, the former Capital and one-time RMNB blogger signed a one-year deal in the Swedish Hockey League. Linköping’s the same organization that developed Caps’ 2014 first-found pick Jakub Vrana.
“Knuble (26 goals in 49 games) and Morrison (16 goals in 45 games) played here during the 2004-05 lockout,” Gordo said. “That’s the only connection. Why it’s still up on the wall ten years later is beyond me.”
“I respect it though,” he added, expressing a sentiment that I share. “How awesome is that posture?”
Answer: Pretty awesome.
So just know every time Andrew Gordon suits up in Sweden, there are two gentlemanly former Caps with him in spirit. Looking extraordinarily tough, wearing compression socks, and leaning on something juuuuust out of frame.
Update: Gordo just tweeted us another Knuble shrine. This time in the concourse of the arena.
@ianoland @russianmachine found another one! Knuble is immortalized in the concourse of the Saab arena! Haha pic.twitter.com/gtCNPShjrD
— Andrew Gordon (@AndrewGordon10) September 10, 2015
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