In case you haven’t noticed, Zenon Konopka is one intriguing dude.
On the ice, he sports a unique skill set. He’s excellent in the faceoff circle, yet is perhaps best known for throwing punches.
Away from the game, Konopka, who hails from Ontario’s wine country — he was born in St. Catharines and grew up in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake — has dabbled in the local market. He owns a wine company called ZK28 Wines and also produces grape seed oil.
Another tidbit: Konopka has a pet rabbit named Hoppy, which he adores.
On Tuesday, the tough guy crossed “brain operation observer” off his bucket list.
— Zenon Konopka (@ZenonKonopka) February 4, 2014
His tweet doesn’t elaborate about why he’s inside the operating room, but my guess is he’s visiting a Buffalo area hospital.
The Sabres hosted the Edmonton Oilers Monday night at First Niagara Center, winning 3-2. Konopka did not dress. Buffalo entertains the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday, also at home.
So, with a day between the tilts, Konopka felt the need to take a #frontrowseat at an operation. That may be an NHL first.
In January, the social media-savvy NHLer posted an Instagram photo of his picks for a second Team Canada roster for the Sochi Olympics.
With the Olympics just around the corner, let’s take another look: