Mag Minute: Jhonas Enroth, Sabres goalie
January, 20, 2013
By Louise K. Cornetta | ESPN The Magazine
Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY SportsThe Swedish goalie likes tennis and chocolate, hates flying and wants you to know his real height.Swedish goaltender Jhonas Enroth was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round of the 2006 NHL draft and made his NHL debut in 2009. Despite losing his first start, Enroth became the first NHL goalie to log his first three wins all in shootouts and was named to the All-Rookie team last season.
Now entering his fourth season in Buffalo, primarily as backup to All-Star starter Ryan Miller, Enroth has a career .913 save percentage. He recently returned from playing lockout hockey in his home country for the start of the NHL's abbreviated season. The Sabres host the Philadelphia Flyers today in their season opener.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
That I am 5-[foot-]9. I am 5-10.
What do you wish the media would ask you more?
I wish they asked me more personal stuff, like about my hobbies. I like to play tennis a lot. Talking about tennis is fun.
Who would you say is the most media-savvy athlete?
Chad Ochocinco [Chad Johnson]. He's always exciting to watch and always has something fun to say. With him, it's never a bad interview.
Which pro athlete would you never want to trade places with?
One of the fighters in our league. I wouldn't want to take punches to the face.
If you were strapped to a polygraph machine, would you rather be interviewed by your coach, your mother or the police?
My mother. I don't have that much to hide. I'm not afraid about what my mom might ask.
What is one thing you always have with you?
What was the last thing you Googled?
Where I live, actually. I Googled my own address because I was sending myself something in the mail and had to make sure it was the right address.
What is your most irrational fear?
I don't like flying at all. I always get freaked out when we're flying.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love chocolate and all sorts of candy. That gets me in trouble a lot during the season.
What do you like best about your job?
Obviously, playing hockey. Playing in front of all the good crowds in the NHL.
What is the worst part about it?
Probably that I have to be away from friends and family a lot, but that's it.