One phobia that extends right across society is the fear of snakes.
And, yes, even NHL players are afraid of them. Or, at least, those who play for the Philadelphia Flyers.
As a Halloween prank — not sure what snakes have to do with Halloween but, well, whatever — Flyers equipment manager Derek Settlemyre decided to leave a cooler with a fake snake inside in a conspicuous spot near his office. He no doubt knew the players would swing by looking for a nice, cold Gatorade.
What they got was entirely different.
The reactions of the players — and Settlemyre, for that matter — are priceless.
Did you see assistant coach Ian Laperriere, one of the toughest customers you’d ever meet on the ice during his playing days, nearly crap his pants? Or Zac Rinaldo, with his best New Jersey mob line?
Broad Street Bullies? Pfft, not quite.
But, if I was Settlemyre, I’d be expecting payback. Soon.