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6 Things: Pranks II

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
With less than two weeks until April Fool’s Day is upon us, most pranksters start strategizing about now.

If you’re a member of the Vancouver Canucks, the planning never stops and you can never let your guard down.

The boys like to have fun and keep the mood light throughout the season, meaning every day is essentially April Fool’s Day. The only way to survive is to keep your head on a swivel, be able to take a joke and retaliate with force.

Here are 6 Things you should know about Canucks pranks - the sequel.

Read part one here.

CLOSE SHAVE

“When I played in Sudbury, we’d stay in Mississauga all the time and me and my roommate would always bring a couple manila envelopes. You fill them up with foam shaving cream and then you slip the mouth of the envelope under the door and you get a phone book and place it on the end with the shaving cream. Then you stomp on it – being careful it doesn’t come back at you – and the shaving cream goes all in their room flying everywhere. It works awesome. The first time we tried it, it backfired big time, but the more you do it, the better you get at it. One time we did it to a guy, he was in the bathroom on the toilet, and all of the sudden the envelope flew under the door and bang, shaving cream everywhere.”

-Frankie Corrado

CREAMED

“I would always watch and figure out what pocket one of my teammates in Columbus put his cell phone in all the time and then I took his phone out and put it at the top of his stall. Then I filled his pocket full of shaving cream, so when he’s done texting or whatever and he puts his street clothes back on to leave the rink, he just slides his phone into his pocket and doesn’t realize it’s filled up. That’s one of the fun ones that comes to my mind, but that’s pretty mellow. I’ve heard of guys gluing shoes together or cutting toes off of shoes and stuff like that. This room isn’t that bad. One road trip, when we got off the bus at the hotel my bag was padlocked and it was hard to find the keys. That was fun.”

-Derek Dorsett

PHONE HOME

“A few guys have locked people’s phones for a long period of time; you just enter the password wrong a certain amount of times and it’ll lock for five, 10, 20, 40 minutes, I think it just doubles, so it can get up there pretty quick. That’ll get people going, some guys get really upset, I guess they’ve got some important texts or whatever. I’ve had it done to me, it sucks, but it wasn’t for too long, if you’re going to lock it for an hour or something, I don’t really care. I’m pretty easy going. I don’t mind doing it once and a while though, it’s fun.”

-Chris Tanev

FLO-RIDE

“There’s so many pranks: shirt sleeves cut off, ties cut in half, car is moved. That was the most annoying one that would happen in Florida, we had a big parking lot and you’d come out and your car would just be gone and you wouldn’t be able to find it for a while. They’d leave it running too, so anyone could have taken it while you’re looking for it. A lot of car pranks in Florida – a lot. I wasn’t too involved, I’m kind of like the peacekeeper. I don’t make many enemies, every now and then I’ll pull a prank, but no one believes it’s me. I wait for my time then when the heat is on someone else, I’ll pounce. This is a fun room for that, there were a couple of months where it was getting pretty heated in here, a couple questionable pranks being tossed around, but now it’s died down a bit being in the later part of the season. The war is over, for now.”

-Shawn Matthias

TORNADO TIME

“You beat the guy off the bus when you get to the hotel and then you go in and all the keys are laid out on the table and usually there’s two keys in each envelope. So you grab one of the keys and then it’s just a matter of time. Then when he leaves to go for dinner or whatever, you go tornado his room. You move all the furniture out of the room, maybe it goes in the bathroom, maybe the hallway. Obviously I’ve never been a part of this, but I’ve heard about it. That’s a classic one for sure, it’s up there. There’s more unique ones, but it’s tough for me to think of them because I’m never ever a part of them.”

-Luca Sbisa

THEM’S THE BREAKS (ALMOST)

“We had one this year where before we went on the ice for the skills competition, we knew Weber was going to win the hardest shot competition, so someone sawed down his stick three-quarters of the way through, so when he went down to take a clapper in front of 15,000 people, it would break. But for some reason he figured it out before we went out on the ice; that would have been hilarious to see. That’s how we roll around here, until the retaliation of course, which is always bigger and bigger and then things escalate where guys have to step in and stop it.”

-Sbisa (who knows a lot about pranks for not taking part in any…)

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