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VIDEO: Isles' Kulemin, Grabovski challenge former Maple Leafs bosses

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

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Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski are now with the New York Islanders, but for five years they were Toronto Maple Leafs teammates. That was until the pair was split up when the Maple Leafs bought out Grabovski after the 2012-13 season. Kulemin played the last year of his contract in Toronto in 2013-14, while Grabovski spent last season with the Washington Capitals.

Now proud Islanders, signed as free agents on the same day this offseason, the duo appears to be enjoying each other's company this summer.

Like most of the rest of the NHL, Kulemin recently was challenged as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral sensation being utilized to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Kulemin accepted his challenge and posted his video of the ceremonial dumping of ice over his head, only it was the surprise cameo at the end that took this challenge to the next level.

After Kulemin gets his ice bucket shower, out from the deep of the pool rises Grabovski to announce the duo is challenging their former bosses with the Toronto Maple Leafs, head coach Randy Carlyle and general manager Dave Nonis.

Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin are enjoying summer. (Instagram)
Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin are enjoying summer. (Instagram)

Grabovski's relationship with the two apparently wasn't great. Nonis obviously bought him out, while Grabovski also had some choice words to share about Carlyle through the media, calling his former head coach an “idiot.”

For the record, Kulemin also challenged former Maple Leafs teammate Clarke MacArthur, who was bought out around the same time as Grabovski and now plays for the Ottawa Senators.

Now the Ice Bucket Challenge is all designed to raise awareness for charity, but there can be an element of good-hearted nastiness in the challenges one issues. After all, dumping ice on one's head is not necessarily meant to be pleasant, though most seem to enjoy it.

I have to admit, I took an insurmountable amount of glee after watching a former boss (whom I like) get challenged and accept to the tune of six gallons of water and ice dumped on his head. And in the end, it's all for a good cause.

A lot of NHLers, and I mean a lot, have been participating. As much as creating awareness is noble work, I don't think we'll be able to post every single one of them. But Mikhail Grabovski rising out of the water – in his helmet, mind you – challenging the former bosses with which he had a contentious relationship rises to the level of must-post.

There were a few other Ice Bucket Challenges of note Sunday, too. Perhaps the most notable of the bunch was from Los Angeles Kings athletic trainer Chris Kingsley of Greenfield, Mass., using the best ice bucket on earth... the Stanley Cup.

You can learn more about the origins of the Ice Bucket Challenge and #StrikeOutALS here and can find out how to donate to your local ALS Association chapter at alsa.org.

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