Players and coaches take a break during the Petes training camp in Peterborough on Aug. 30, 2012. A prank by a few members of Peterborough's OHL team went terribly awry last week. (Clifford Skarstedt/QMI Agency/Files)
PETERBOROUGH, ONT. - A prank by a few members of Peterborough's OHL team went terribly awry last week, leading to a bit of a confrontation with members of the local police.
Neighbours fearing the worst called police after seeing what appeared to be masked gunmen entering a home Sept. 16 at about 9 p.m.
Officers descended on the quiet neighbourhood, drew their guns and ordered every one out of the house.
It turns out that the guns were fakes and the "masked men" were none other than members of the Peterborough Petes pulling a practical joke on a teammate.
The prank, apparently, had something to do with scaring the pants off another player. The host family apparently had been contacted ahead of time and were in on the joke.
The responding officers, however, weren't amused. The players got a strong lecture about safety and officers left without laying any charges.
Neighbourhood resident Jonathan Miller didn't see anything that happened that night, but he said he had heard about it.
He also said members of the Petes came to his door, spoke to his mother and offered an apology for causing a disturbance in the neighbourhood that night.