Rather than sipping umbrella drinks in Cancun or slaying ocean monsters off the Carolina coast, Jesse Puljujarvi spent a portion of his bye week in the tropical paradise of, well, Edmonton.
It was all for a good cause, though, as the Oilers rookie surprised some local kids at Crestwood outdoor rink. Footage of the impromptu shinny game was captured wonderfully with a Go Pro by one of the lucky fans:
While most players are spending their bye week in the sun, @edmontonoilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi was spotted in Edmonton playing some #OutdoorHockey with a couple of young #Oilers fans. #PoolParty #ToldYa . (Via: Twitter/ @ctvedmonton)
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The two young players, Eric Ripka and Logan Green, told CTV Edmonton they were thrilled to chalk up the W, even though Puljujarvi may have taken it (just a little bit) easy.
“We think he played light against us, ‘cause when he was on a breakaway, all alone, he wouldn’t take the shot. He’d turn around and deke us out again and at the end he said ‘last goal wins’, and we scored that…, “ said Ripka.
Ripka’s mother Colleen had nothign but praise for Puljujarvi, too:
"Hi juliette! May we please have a shout out to @Jpuljujarvi for showing up unexpectedly at our favourite outdoor rink and making my 9 year old son Eric’s night By scrimmaging with Eric and his buddy Logan." -Colleen
— JULIETTE & RAJ (@Julietteandraj) January 17, 2018
The 19-year-old has eight goals and 11 points in 29 games this season.