Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | August 29, 2011

Man of the Day 8/29: Mike Green

Michael David Green

Born October 12, 1985 (age 25) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Defenseman for the Washington Capitals

[Emma, thanks a bunch for helping me – stupid internet *grumble*. Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled program! – Krista]

Greenie got his start with the Saskatoon Blades, staying with them for five years including the year after he was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2004. After spending two seasons bouncing between the Caps and the AHL’s Hershey Bears (that should be a legit candy name), he was placed on the Caps’ roster. He gave it his all in the 2007-08 season, earning 56 points including a league-leading 18 goals for defensemen. But when the Caps headed to the playoffs for the first time in five years, something awful happened. During their series with the Philadephia Flyers, Greenie took a slap shot so hard that it broke Patrick Thoresen’s cup – no serious damage done, and Greenie did call him to see how he was doing.

It was during the 2008 and 2009 playoffs that he got attention for his “faux hawk.” A DC radio station even sponsored a contest where listeners would get that exact haircut for playoff tickets! He also gained an unofficial fan club called “Gang Green” that wore shirts with his number on the back and “Game Over” above it (that’s the nickname given to him by Joe Beninati because of his penchant for scoring goals in the third period or in overtime).

Patrick Kane has his playoff mullet, and Greenie has the faux hawk.

Although he was injured early on, he ended the 2008-09 season with 31 goals for the season (only the eighth defenseman  to do that all-time) and was named Third Star of the Week two weeks in a row. He was also nominated for the Norris trophy along with Zdeno Chara and Nicklas Lidstrom.

Now, if you watched HBO’s 24/7 profile of the 2011 Winter Classic between the Penguins and the Capitals, no doubt you saw Greenie in it. Who could forget the vision of him in the clip below? No, seriously, who would forget a man riding an orange Vespa in slippers?

But Greenie has a sweet side as well: through Parade Magazine’s America’s Giving Challenge, he’s been raising money for Children’s National Medical Center, and he and teammate Alex Ovechkin spoke at a middle school and played floor hockey with the kids. He also works with Most Valuable Kids, an organization what helps underprivileged and folks in the active military, by donating seven seven season tickets that he purchases through his program called “Green’s Gang.” He’s not a bad guy after all.

March 11, 2011: First Lady Michelle Obama brings together two future Men of the Day.

– Krista

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