Erik Karlsson is the captain and a defenseman for the the Ottawa Senators. He also likes to play golf.
With the Senators in south Florida this weekend for a Sunday tilt with the Florida Panthers, Karlsson met up with fellow Swede Jesper Parnevik for a round of golf at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. on Saturday.
During the round, the group came upon an alligator minding its own business in a water hazard -- not an uncommon sight in that area of the country by any means.
Karlsson saw it as a great opportunity to snap a photo.
Just as he got into place, the gator gave the hockey tough guy the scare of a lifetime:
That was fantastic.