Avs Christmas Carol: My Two Front Teeth

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Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson’s got the best hockey smile. Technically — or, actually — he’s missing more than his two front teeth. He’s missing three. Despite the fact that it’s an odd number, his gap is surprisingly symmetrical. He also likes to do tricks with his fake teeth.

EJ lost his teeth while he was still with the St. Louis Blues, right before he got traded to the Avalanche. It was during practice, and he was screening the goalie. One of his teammates shot the puck, and it ramped up and hit him in the mouth. He stated that losing his teeth didn’t hurt as badly as a cut on his lip — tough guy.

EJ’s not real fond of wearing his fake teeth, by the way. Before the Mile High Dreams Gala, he had gone about two months without putting them in. During the gala, he’s caught on camera pushing them in and out of place to make D-partner Jan Hejda laugh.
Jan 30, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Mason Raymond (21) is checked by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports