It’s been a long time coming, but many Lightning fans are cheering this afternoon with the news that defenseman Radko Gudas was recalled by the parent club this afternoon. The gritty blueliner has made a name for himself with hard hits, fights, and a beard so outstanding it recently inspired a theme night at a Syracuse Crunch game.
For those who aren’t too familiar with Gudas, here’s a brief tutorial. Originally selected by Tampa in the 3rd round of the 2010 NHL Entry draft. The Czech native played for the Everett Silvertips of the WHL before joining the then Lightning AHL Affiliate in Norfolk. He played two seasons with the Admirals including last year’s Calder Cup winning campaign. He represented the Eastern Conference at this year’s All Star Event. Through 57 games with the Crunch this year Radko has 4 goals, 20 points, and 207 penalty minutes.
A little trivia for you: he will be the first player in Lightning history to don the number 75 on his sweater.
Words alone can’t convey the magnificence of Gudas. Buckle up and enjoy:
First, the beard.
And a little bit of his work:
This could be a huge breath of fresh air for the Lightning. Gudas is tough and he likes to shoot the puck. Can’t help but wonder if Dale Tallon heard this when this news came across the wire:
“MAH GOD! That’s… that’s GUDAS’ MUSIC!!!”