It’s Halloween and I, just like you, will be answering the door and giving all the neighborhood children candy tonight. They will scream TRICK OR TWEEEEEEET and it’ll be adorable.
But I need to be honest for a moment. I am all for the treats of Halloween, but not the actual tricks. I hate scary costumes and being spooked. It gives me great anxiety.
However, watching other people get scared, especially if those other people are tough hockey players… well, that is my aesthetic. Over the last few years, several NHL teams have released Halloween videos that I still can’t get enough of – even now.
Last Halloween, the Vancouver Canucks dressed goaltender Jacob Markstrom up in an inflatable dinosaur costume. Markstrom hid around a corner at the rink’s entrance and scared arriving players. Markstrom’s costume wasn’t particularly scary and the sounds he made most definitely weren’t scary or dinosaur related, but he spooked some of his teammates. The best reactions came from forward Sven Baertschi and defenseman Chris Tanev who legitimately seemed startled.
This video is almost too old to include, but it’s also a classic. Back in 2014, Philadelphia Flyers’ equipment manager Derek Settlemyre placed a fake cobra in a cooler to prank the players. When the players went to get their post-practice Gatorade, the fake cobra attached to the top of the cooler would appear.
I honestly love each reaction. The fact that it took most players a few seconds to even realize the prank gives me life, but the best has to be Michael Raffl.
Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher and former Canadien defenseman Nathan Beaulieu visited a haunted house in 2015. With GoPros attached, the former teammates were immediately freaked out and walked side-by-side to console each other. The two players somehow made it through the whole house despite all their nervous laughter.
I am pretty sure Gallagher cried several times.
I would never visit a haunted house and this video just solidified that fact.
— Ryan Reaves (@rreaves75) October 27, 2017
Penguins forward Ryan Reeves is a prankster. Dating back to his years with the St. Louis Blues, Reeves would prank his teammates with a video series called 7five Cam and he took his tradition to Pittsburgh.
This Halloween, Reeves donned a very creepy mask and hid in Phil Kessel’s room. As Kessel entered, Reeves jumped out and scared the bejeebers out of Phil.
Look at the fear on Kessel’s face.
“Check your shorts son,” Reeves tweeted along with the video.
During a Penguins practice afterwards, Reeves told Pens Inside Scoop about the moment he scared Kessel.
“The fear that went through Phil’s eyes, I thought I was going to have to get a defibrillator for him. I thought that was it,” Reeves said. “I hope someone tries to get me back. I don’t scare easily though so we’ll see how it goes.”
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