John Erskine’s Long Goodbye

Posted July 12, 2015

After having multiple surgeries, and recently becoming a dad for the third time, John Erskine‘s playing days might be over.  The 35-year-old Kingston, Ontario native was drafted 39th overall by the Dallas Stars. He played 350 games for the Caps after George McPhee signed him in 2006, but he hasn’t played since April, 2014.

Erskine was regarded as a rough `n tough defenseman, a pure hitting fighting machine. Probably one of my favorite hockey fights ever was when he fought Mike Rupp in the 2011 Winter Classic.

John also had some pretty big hits. This one on Phil Kessel. He racked up 751 hits while playing for the Caps and 542 blocked shots.

Unfortunately for  “Big John,” injuries cut his career short. He didn’t play at all this past year. Now 35, he’s an unrestricted free agent. Will anyone give him a shot? Even his number – 4 – has been taken by new Caps player Taylor Chorney.

Here he is recently – still wearing Caps gear – with his newborn son, Brenner. 9lbs 1oz. This kid is a lock for being drafted in 2033. Erskine and his wife Karie have two older children.


One last thing. Some assh&#le broke into his boat and drank his beer. No word on Tom Wilson and Michael Latta’s whereabouts when this happened.



In conclusion, our ‘Power of the Stache’ video from a few years ago.