Jon Merrill is a professional athlete.
Jon Merrill just recently signed a $2.7 million contract.
Jon Merrill drives a scooter to work.
Last month, after a Golden Knights practice a few us got chance to see him riding in his shiny, new toy.
It’s riding in style. -Jon Merrill
To shorten his commute, Merrill needed something easy, comfortable and flashy.
I had been walking to and from the rink, so I picked one up as an ulterior motive to walking. -Merrill
The newly extended d-man didn’t waste his money on an expensive sports car, or a Harley-Davidson, or even a hoverboard. Nope, Merrill chose the form of transportation locals cringe at most, the moped.
I don’t really drive it on the main roads. I just go from here (City National Arena) to my house. -Merrill
So if you see someone flying down Pavilion Center Drive at a speedy 30 MPH, it’s probably #15 (or Ken, he has one too).
The boys love it. They’re all jealous, they want one. -Merrill
We thought for sure this was an illusion that can only be created in mind of a scooter owner, but…
I want to get one for the summer. That’s my next purchase. -Luca Sbisa
The European has his eye on a new Vespa. As a kid in Switzerland, Sbisa became familiar at an early age with Merrill’s type of traveling.
Step one, when you’re fourteen you get a moped. Legit, it has peddles on it. You have to push it, and it goes 20 miles an hour. When you’re sixteen you get a scooter, and At eighteen you get a car. -Sbisa
A young Luca learned how to get himself around his Swiss town, which began with skateboarding.
You go into skateboards, then mopeds. The guys would put the skateboard on the back and sit on it. Once you got into the scooter phase, you ditch the skateboard. You try to be the cool guy. -Luca
This team never stops stunning us.
UPDATE: This picture was published on the Golden Knights Facebook page on April 24th.
It never gets old that Jon Merrill drives a scooter to practice. (photo from @GoldenKnights) pic.twitter.com/QHu35RRKXR
— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) April 24, 2018
The moped has pedals, not peddles. And I don’t think “ulterior motive” means what Merrill thinks it means.
You are probably right. Not what he said, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Somebody please tell Merrill, Sbisa and all not to ride these around town. Some of the drivers in Vegas are crazy and unsafe. Stick to walking if you’re that close or get a car! And BE CAREFUL!
Pics, or it didnt happen.