Athletes as a group tend to appear to lack in the personality department. Part of that is because it's easier to hide it than to share it and have to deal with people opining on it (step forward Tim Thomas) and part of it is because when you devote so much time to become among the best in a particular field you sometimes don't have time to develop an actual personality. Joffrey Lupul apparently has no such problems. Whether it's chirping Buffalo for being ugly or chirping Ottawa's fans for not buying tickets or, apparently, playing water games with former teammates:
"As soon as there was a TV timeout, it was just like during a game: You had about 2 and a half minutes to get the job done and get back to your seats and pretend like nothing happened. It was pretty funny," said Hartnell.
The word after the Draft, however, was that Team Chara's Joffrey Lupul used his assistant captaincy to cut the line for the bathroom, specifically in front of his old Flyers teammate Hartnell.
Hartnell denied Lupul pulled rank to get into the men's room. Because ... well ...
"Let's just say we shared the same bathroom at one time. He had to get out there quick. Everyone likes to play swords I guess," he said, with a laugh.
Let's be honest though: if you know enough people that play hockey at a decent level then you've probably hear much worse stories involving urine. Enjoy your imagination running wild!
Links after the jump.
JP looks at whether it matters in which period teams score the most
Pretty good story about Glen Sather.
Lupul filming his life? Yes please.
Pretty much sums up Ottawa
Shave those sideburns Burke!
Some surprises in this analysis including Luke Schenn's offensive ranking.
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Pretty much agree. It's the best of a generally bad lot.
Dave Shoalts can be pretty funny when he's not being a dick.
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This is pretty funny.
CSNNE's Joe Haggerty (sweatily) explains why the B's netminder needs to answer questions. You can't make a bombshell statement like he did and then just plug your ears to questions.
Some people take beer leagues really seriously even when it's a crummy sport like basketball.