Intern Jeff Skinner is pissed.
Last year, zero Calder Trophy finalists were featured as Foxy Fridays. Not even Rookie of My Life Logan Couture, and not counting the time Jeff posted a picture of himself holding a baby. Zero legitimate Foxy Fridays.
This year, we’re giving them out like candy. First Landeshirtless over there in Sweden, and that was just for falling on his face. Now, and perhaps the most deserved Foxy Friday of the year: Adam Henrique.
We could give him three separate Fridays, really – one for his face, one for his goatee and one for this sweatshirt. Do the Devils live in a pajama factory? Can we go to there? Throw in a couple of heart-stopping, dream-ruining goals and Adam could get a whole month of Fridays.
As we said in our Puck Daddy Beard Watch post, we are BIG FANS of this goatee. He looks like the devil from a movie, who talks you into all kinds of really
good bad ideas. Right? He’s all, “Hi, I’m Adam,” and you’re like:
(Intern Jeff Skinner just threw down his notebook and stormed out.)
Henrique grew up on a farm in Ontario – not sod, but still. What goes on up there?! He spent last season with my hometown-ish Albany Devils. After a rough 2011 training camp, Adam was sent back to Albany, just to be recalled a week later to replace an injured player. He stayed put in NJ and had 16 G/35 A in the regular season.
Don’t worry, this was his September hair.
He was named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Rookie team, but missed the event due to a groin injury. Double bummer, as his family would have been there. NYR’s Carl Hagelin replaced him and got a Foxy Friday out of it. Cheater.
Cheekbones aside, Henrique is having a heck of a playoff. He scored the double-OT, game seven winner to eliminate Florida and move the Devils to Round 2 for the first time in five years. Then he scored the game six OT winner that ended the Rangers season. Did we mention he’s a rookie?
On that goal, NJ advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in nine years. Does anyone know the record for most playoff series-ending OT goals in a season? I bet it’s two. And they both feel like:
SCF Game 1 didn’t go NJ’s way, but still needed OT to be decided. Here are Zajac and AH talking about the loss [video]. It’s mopey – we recommend admiring his hairline instead. It’s the most perfect example since *N Sync’s plastic helmet hair in the “It’s Gonna Be Me” video (BRB, dance break).
Instead here’s Adam failing the NJ Devils History Quiz – he’d never make it in a pageant – then contesting the results [video]. He even knocks Wikipedia. Shall we go over there and add to his page?
Saturday Night is date night with Adam and Game 2 at 8 PM Eastern. The Kings have won
211 nine straight playoff road games. A win in New Jersey tomorrow would give them the NHL record for longest streak. Remember though, the Devils lost the first games to both Philly and New York. While those teams works on their tans, New Jersey and Los Angeles will step back into the ring.
You, feel free to wear your pajamas.
Sweatshirt appreciation, courtesy of fromtheblueline.tumblr.com.
Helpful Hint: Pronounce the “H” in Henrique. Adam does. [video]