Cue the small jokes about how 'at least the Peterborough Petes finally scared someone.' Hockey players have been pranking each other forever, but sometimes that can backfire when their shenanigans, as cheeky and fun as they might have been intended to be, are taken seriously.
That's what happened to members of the Ontario Hockey League's Petes last week. They could have just settled for one of the old standards. There is always the shoe check, which former NHLer Brian Skrudland once pulled on the mayor of Peterborough when his team trained in the Ontario city. There's the timeless water bucket on top of the door trick. A couple players decided to put a scare into one of their teammates at his billet home. Unfortunately for them and the local constabulary, which is probably busy enough as it is, some neighbours were watching the action and thought it was for real.
From Sarah Deeth and Mike Davies:
Neighbours fearing the worst called police after seeing what appeared to be masked gunmen entering a Sandalwood Dr. home Sept. 16 at about 9 p.m.
Officers descended on the quiet street, drew their guns and ordered every one out of the house.
It turns out that the guns were fakes and the "masked men" were no other than Peterborough Petes pulling a practical joke on a teammate.
The prank, apparently, had something to do with scaring the pants off another player. The Examiner has learned that the host family had been contacted ahead of time and were in on the joke.The responding officers, however, weren't amused. The Examiner has learned that the players got a strong lecture about safety and officers left without laying any charges. (Peterborough Examiner)
Since no charges were laid and the Examiner reported that the players apologized to the neighbours who were affected, it's probably okay to play this for laughs. It's also good that nearby residents called the police instead of resorting to vigilantism, which could have had drastic consequences for all concerned. Not to do the Colbertian wag of the finger, but this probably shows why it's best to keep pranks in-house among team members.
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