VIDEO: Maple Leafs' Randy Carlyle accepts former players' challenge
Randy Carlyle finally accepted the hilarious Ice Bucket Challenge from Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin, with some assistance from sometimes rumored doghouse dwellers Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri.
Randy Carlyle isn’t necessarily the most popular guy connected to the Toronto Maple Leafs after last season. With the team's lates-season collapse, Carlyle has drawn the ire of many a Leafs fan and some former players as well. Few were more vocal than former Maple Leaf Mikhail Grabovski, who once called Carlyle an “idiot” after he had been bought out by the club.
Grabovski and another former Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin, took the opportunity to take part in this summer’s viral craze and also take another shot at Carlyle. The duo challenged their former head coach and Leafs GM Dave Nonis in a pretty funny Ice Bucket Challenge video. Let’s take a second to remember that wonderful entry to this great charity movement:
It took a while, but Carlyle finally got around to accepting the challenge and showed he too has a bit of a sense of humor. Assisting with Carlyle’s challenge were two current Maple Leafs players that have often been rumored to be at odds with the coach – defenseman Jake Gardiner and center Nazem Kadri.
Though Carlyle has often denied those two players being out of his favor, it’s a great idea to add them to the challenge. The Maple Leafs head coach also involved the Zamboni and took his challenge on the ice for maximum frigidness.
Gardiner did the honors with the Zamboni, but unfortunately the contents of the ice resurfacer didn’t do a great job of soaking the Maple Leafs bench boss. But fear not, Kadri was there with a big bucket of water to make sure the head coach was fully doused. And it looked like ol’ Nazem rather enjoyed giving his coach a cold shower.
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Sadly, but smartly, Carlyle didn't double down on Kulemin and Grabovski's challenge of Nonis, who has yet to accept the challenge of the former Maple Leafs.
Carlyle said he was accepting the challenge in honor of his brother-in-law John and will be holding a golf tournament to raise money for ALS as well.
To date, the Ice Bucket Challenge has been credited with helping the ALS Association raise more than $88.5 million over the last month with donations coming from a staggering 1.9 million new donors according to ALSA.
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