JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Toby Enstrom probably wishes he could put 2013 permanently in the rear-view mirror.
The Winnipeg Jets defenceman was robbed and assaulted in his hometown of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden Friday night but is recovering with only minor injuries. Swedish website SportExpressen.se first reported the 28-year-old defenceman was beaten by three men and robbed.
The Jets became aware of the incident Saturday morning.
"We’ve done some digging through our team security," said Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff Saturday at his media conference in advance of Sunday’s NHL Draft in Newark.
"Apparently Toby was out for dinner with his family and went to pick up the cheque and went to the ATM to get some money and was robbed by three people. Supposedly, to the best of our knowledge, those people have been apprehended by police. Toby is fine. He received a minor cut above the eye. He’s putting it behind him."
Cheveldayoff spoke to Jets’ security and later Saturday to Enstrom himself and was assured Enstrom was OK.
Enstrom is coming off a frustrating campaign with the Jets in which he appeared in only 22 games because of injuries. But he remains a key cog in the team’s defensive corps and, before being injured, was leading all NHL defencemen in scoring.
The Jets are breathing a sigh of relief the assault left Enstrom with just minor injuries.
"They’re like your kids and when they go away for the summer you’re always worried about different things like that," said Cheveldayoff.
"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."