There's hockey robbery, like Ondrej Pavelec getting $19.5 million over the next five years, and then there's actual, literal robbery, which is what happened to Pavelec's Winnipeg Jets teammate Tobias Enstrom.
Three men have been arrested in Enstrom's hometown of Ornskjoldsvik after attacking and robbing the Jets' blueliner at a cash machine as he was withdrawing money to pay for a family dinner. From Reuters:
A witness told newspaper Ornskjoldsviks Allehanda that the 28-year-old was seen withdrawing money from a cash machine just before midnight. When the witness returned five minutes later, Enstrom was lying on the ground.
"I don't have a clear picture of his injuries, but he had to get medical attention," police spokesman Stefan Edin told reporters.
Left to his own devices when rushed by three guys? Yeah, that sounds like Tobias Enstrom, partner of Dustin Byfuglien.
Enstrom suffered a small cut above his eye, according to Jets Kevin Cheveldayoff. The club is breathing a sigh of relief that it wasn't worse.
"They’re like your kids and when they go away for the summer you’re always worried about different things like that," Cheveldayoff told the Winnipeg Free Press. "Toby’s such a good guy and to have it happen to him is unfortunate, but it just goes to show you’re never safe and you always have to be on guard."
When he gets back to Winnipeg, Evander Kane is going to ask Enstrom why he didn't assemble an emergency money phone and call for help. I mean, he was right at the ATM. Get yourself a stack of hundreds and dial out, bro.
Meanwhile, someone in the Swedish media is resisting the urge to point out that Enstrom would at least have some gold to fall back on if he hadn't turned down the invitation to play for the national team at the World Championships.
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