Roy draws laughs for on-air prank

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:12 AM ET

Not long after veteran Rhett Warrener suggested the Calgary Flames have a little more fun as they head toward the playoffs, prankster Andre Roy made sure he put the words into action.

As Olli Jokinen was being interviewed on Hockey Night in Canada's After Hours, a pair of legs popped out a door in the background and appeared to hover in the air.

Drawing laughter from anyone watching the episode -- especially as the camera zoomed in on Jokinen's face and got an even better view of the lighthearted amusement in the background -- you can only imagine the howls coming out of the Flames room where teammates caught the action on TV.

"Guys were loving it," said Roy, whose 'Reverse Superman' visual was accomplished by putting a pair of shoes on his hands to make it look like flying legs.

"I saw Marc Crawford laughing, but I don't know if it was because of that."

Inside the room, there was no doubt what the laughter was about.

"I was crying. Seriously, I was in tears in the locker-room," said Eric Nystrom, who was already in a good mood after scoring the winning goal. "It looked like real feet. When he went out there with the shoes, I thought he was just going to throw one out the door.

"When he did that, it looked real. I was howling."

So was Craig Conroy, who has played with a top-notch joker before in Marc Bergevin and knows how important that role is on a team that has to deal with so much pressure around playoff time.

"He worked and worked at it. I'd say he must just sit in his room all day and think stuff up," Conroy said of the former St. Louis Blues journeyman.

"Same with Roysie, he's always coming up with stuff."

The legs out the door is a visual he'll never forget. A close second might be the recent walk through the dressing room in a Dion Phaneuf mask with Roy pushing out his backside and impersonating the blueliner's strut as best he could.

"That stuff, you're always going to remember," said Conroy. "When you're done with this game, those are the funny moments you'll always appreciate."

STEVE.MACFARLANE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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