One of the newest methods of spreading awareness through social media is the “ALS ice bucket challenge.” Geared toward spreading ALS awareness, the ice bucket challenge has been accepted by many NHL players lately. Sidney Crosby has done it, as well as Craig Adams, Chris Kreider, and Marc-Andre Fleury (in a banana suit). When challenged, you either post a video of you dumping a bucket of ice water on your head and donate $10, or you don’t take the ice bucket challenge and just donate $100.
When NY Islanders forward Nikolai Kulemin accepted the challenge, he posted the video on his Instagram account, as many people have done, but teammate and close friend Mikhail Grabovski made an appearance in the video. As you will recall, Grabovski had some issues with Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, and then he was bought out following the 2013 NHL season. Former Toronto teammates Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin will reunite as members of the Islanders this season, signing four year contracts this summer. It is believed that both had issues with – or were limited by – coach Carlyle, which would not be a surprise in the slightest (see: Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, and James Reimer). And then GM Dave Nonis chose not to retain either player, so there is some beef there as well.
So when Kulemin accepted the challenge – sporting his new NY Islanders jersey, mind you – everything appeared to be normal, despite sitting very close to a pool. But then Grabovski appeared at the very end, emerging from the pool wearing an Islanders jersey as well, and challenged two people
very dear to both he and Kulemin to take the ice bucket challenge. Here’s the video:
It is tough to make out exactly what Grabovski says in the video, but he says, “[We nominate] Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis.” Wonder if they’ll accept the challenge.