I am often asked who my favorite Penguin is. My typical response is, "Like a mother, I can't choose a favorite - I love them all equally." However, if I were forced to choose, I would have to bestow this great honor upon one Eric Godard. I. Love. This Man. I am proud to admit that he is the love of my Penguins life.
Eric was born in Vernon, British Columbia on March 7, 1980.
He Played three seasons for Lethbridge Hurricanes of WHL from 1997-00, tallying 15 points with 549 penalty minutes in 133 games. He led the WHL in penalty minutes with 310 during the 1999-00 season.
Eric went undrafted and was signed as a restricted free agent by the Florida Panthers on September 24, 1999. After spending three seasons in the AHL, he was traded to the Islanders in June of 2002.
He made his NHL debut with the Islanders on October 17, 2002 and scored first NHL goal on December 19, 2005 against Toronto.
In August of 2006, Eric was signed as a free agent by my beloved Calgary Flames.
On July 1, 2008, the hockey gods smiled on me and Eric signed a three-year deal with the Pens.
During the 2008-09 season, Eric had a career-high, 21 fights (swoooon!)
Steve MacIntyre was sidelined for 26 games after Eric broke his orbital bone. Sorry about your luck, sir.