Apr 12, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) during warmup prior to game against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs' Dion Phaneuf Answers NHL Ice Bucket Challenge

Jan 18, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) celebrates his game-winning goal late in the third period with center Tyler Bozak (42) and right wing Phil Kessel (81) and defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) against the Montreal Canadiens at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

As you likely already know, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been getting involved in the latest craze currently sweeping the NHL – the Ice Bucket Challenge. Players around the league are having buckets full of icy water dumped on their heads to help raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

As we wrote on Sunday, the challenge has already been accepted by Leafs players Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk. At the time, my only issue was that JVR didn’t nominate anyone else to take on the “dreaded” task.

Fortunately, the Leafs winger got his act together and picked Dion Phaneuf, an appropriate choice, given that a lot of Leafs fans consider him a bit wet behind the ears.

We’re happy to report the Leafs captain answered the challenge, and as a bonus, his wife Elisha Cuthbert also got involved.

Would it be wrong to admit I found it a shame that Mrs. Phaneuf didn’t wear a T-shirt? Along those lines, I imagine that a lot of women out there will be looking forward to seeing Joffrey Lupul take up the challenge.

(In case you missed it, former Leafs Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin have also sent a bizarre Ice Bucket Challenge challenge to Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis. You decide whether it’s fun or petty.)

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