This is Jordan Binnington. He’s a 20-year-old Canadian goalie prospect who was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the 88th pick in the 2011 draft. Currently, he plays in the minors for the Chicago Wolves. He’s one of the top goalies in the minor leagues, but most importantly he’s a big fan of Will Smith — especially The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Despite the fact that Binnington was 3 years old when The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series finale aired, Will Smith’s breakout TV role made a profound impact on his life — so profound that Smith’s face is prominently featured on Binnington’s goalie mask.
During an interview with In Goal Magazine Binnington explained why Will Smith and his immaculate flat top appear on the side of his mask.
Outside of the TV show, from what I see he is a self-driven individual who knows what he wants in life. I couldn’t name one movie I haven’t enjoyed with him in it. Every movie or show has a purpose. The tv show is so creative, I’m laughing out loud every episode. So to sum it all up I just feel we’d be best friends.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air left a lasting imprint on many people who grew up watching the show. I personally have a friend who may have modeled his entire personality after Will Smith’s character — dance moves included. Jordan Binnington is simply another ’90s kid jamming out to Big Willie Style in Zubaz pants — and that never gets old.
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