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Best pranks pulled by NHL players

In the spirit of April Fool's Day, some of the funniest gags from hockey's jokesters @NHLdotcom

Who doesn't love a good prank? Well, besides the person being pranked, of course.

It's a long season for NHL players, it's no wonder so many of them like to keep things loose around the locker room.

So, in honor of April Fools Day, we present to you some memorable NHL pranks.

From fake alternate jersey patterns to the old hidden snake in the Gatorade cooler, these clips will have your sides splitting.


Carey Price hides in plain sight

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Comedian Rob Riggle coaxed some fans into bad-mouthing Carey Price, and goalies in general, right in front of the Montreal Canadiens goaltender. Price wore street clothes and an ID card, posing as Riggle's assistant. Eventually, the fans recognized him. Faces turned red shortly thereafter.

If you are looking for Price getting pranked, check out his teammates ignoring him after he just won them a series:

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Patrick Sharp and Adam Burish see how many pranks they can pull on the road

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It starts with the old water bucket ring-and-run. Then they move on to messing with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane's breakfast order. Then they move on to the classic misplaced duffel bag trick, all in the name of annoying the Chicago Blackhawks rookies. Sharp and Burish had some run on this 2009 road trip.


Marty Turco pulls the door open on Roman Polak

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Who says pranks can't be in-game? Former Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco gave Roman Polak the open door treatment in 2011 as the St. Louis Blues forward tried to lean against it after an icing call.


James Neal gets hit with the "April Fish"

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With teammates like this, who needs opponents? Back in 2011, James Neal of the Pittsburgh Penguins skated most of a practice with a paper fish taped to his back. It was the classic "Poisson d'Avril" which means "April Fish." The French tradition was for children, who tried to tape fish on the backs of as many adults as possible.


Linus Omark has some extra baggage

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This one's not limited to the hockey players. Back in 2013, Edmonton Oilers Ryan Jones enlisted the help of a flight attendant on a team charter to give Linus Omark a little scare. With the attendant wearing a scary clown mask and hiding in the overhead compartment, Omark was a mark alright.


Lightning show players fake alternate jersey

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When does your hockey sweater look more like an ugly Christmas sweater? When it's not real, of course. While some Lightning players took to the fake look, more than a few were stunned by the amount of palm trees involved in this 2014 gag.


Flyers and the fake snake

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Gatorade? More like Snakeaid in Philly! Equipment manager Derek Settlemyre pulled the old snake in the cooler trick and man did it get all the players good.


Eddie not Lacking for water on his birthday

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All the Vancouver Canucks wanted to give then-goalie Eddie Lack for his birthday was a nice team picture. Yeah right. It was more of a ruse of a picture so they could dump a water bucket on his head.

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