January 21, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle (right) diagrams a play for center Mikhail Grabovski (84) and left wing Nikolai Kulemin (41) during a break in the action against the Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre. Buffalo defeated Toronto 2-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs: Randy Carlyle Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle finally caved in.

Two weeks ago, ex-Leafs, Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski challenged Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Check the odd video below.

The nomination was somewhat sinister.

Kulemin and Grabovski were both dispatched from the Toronto Maple Leafs roster during the past couple of seasons. Neither enjoyed quality minutes during Carlyle’s tenure as Leafs coach.

Coming from this pair, the nomination was definitely odd.

But, Randy Carlyle has become used to “odd” with the Toronto Maple Leafs. So, he showed he was a good sport and took the plunge.

Leafs youngsters Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner helped to deliver the icy blow.

Randy Carlyle demonstrated some steely nerves too. He was iced by a zamboni and an extra ice bucket carried by Kadri. As Kevin McGran reported for the Toronto Star, neither player seemed sad about soaking their coach.

For Carlyle, the ALS awareness campaign strikes close to home. Carlyle’s brother-in-law was recently diagnosed with ALS.

Toronto Maple Leafs GM (for now) wonders if he will accept the Ice Bucket Challenge before the Toronto Maple Leafs fire him

Dec 31, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis at a press conference during practice the day before the Winter Classic hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium. Phaneuf signed a 7-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

As for Kulemin and Grabovski, their nomination of Carlyle and Nonis raises some interesting questions…

Was this nomination good-natured or were the pair looking to extract a little revenge on their former coach?

Will Dave Nonis take a break from his icy demeanor and accept the Challenge?

Did Grabo and Kule nominate Carlyle and Nonis, knowing that the Leafs coach and GM are soon to join them as ex-Toronto Maple Leafs?

How do feel about this nomination, Leafs fans? Let us know in the comments below.



Tags: Jake Gardiner Mikhail Grabovski Nazem Kadri Nikolai Kulemin Randy Carlyle Toronto Maple Leafs

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