As coach Dan Bylsma gave his introductory speech on Tuesday at the annual Skates & Plates charity gala presented by Trib Total Media at CONSOL Energy Center, he jokingly called Penguins forward Beau Bennett “gullible.”
That’s because the rookie forward, participating in his first-ever Skates & Plates event, was pranked by his older, wiser teammates. They told him to bring his hockey skates to the arena, as the name "Skates & Plates" meant he would be serving the tables while gliding around on the ice.
When we asked Bennett about it, he said he actually wouldn’t call it a prank “as I really thought we were going to be skating and serving the food to all the fans.”
Continued Bennett, laughing, “I thought they were going to bring our skates over and we were going to be skating on little aisles in between all the tables. So I was trying to get in the right mental state to do that tonight.”
That definitely would have been a sight to see. Needless to say, Bennett was very relieved to see the carpeted ballroom instead of ice when he arrived at the rink tonight.
“I was happy more than anything knowing my chances of falling went down a lot,” he smiled. ”It was good to see the carpet out here and I’m a lot better (serving tables) on my feet than on the skates.”
So who was behind tricking the poor rookie? Surprisingly enough, this time it wasn’t infamous jokester Marc-Andre Fleury.
“(James) Neal and 'Duper' (Pascal Dupuis) are behind a lot of the pranks for this team,” Bennett said. “I can never tell when they’re kidding or not. So I really thought we were skating tonight, for sure."