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Penner pranks Oiler 'mates

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

JASPER -- Want to know which Edmonton Oilers scream like girls?

Ask Dustin Penner.

If anyone can tell you how they react when they're terrified, it's him.

Penner waited till it was dark on Tuesday night, dressed up in a mask from the movie Saw, and began scaring the daylights out of his teammates at the Jasper Park Lodge.

"I had a couple of good reactions," grinned Penner, who was jumping out from around corners and sneaking into rooms all night.

"Brodziak was pretty good. Cogliano, too. Chopper actually ended up choking me with a two-handed Homer Simpson grip."

Penner got just about everyone.

"I got a room list from the front (desk)," he said, adding the younger players jumped the highest. "Gilbert, Nilsson, Gagner, Cogs. They acted their age, that's for sure. Laddie and Grebbie were pretty scared. Storts, too."

Brodziak went into an Karate Kid stance when Penner leapt out from around the corner in his room.

"He did the flying crane," laughed Penner. "He was walking out of the bathroom with his computer and he almost lost $1,500 worth of electronics fumbling it around. It was pretty funny."

You can't blame anyone for getting jumpy. It's hard not to be scared when you wake up and there's a six-foot-four figure standing in your room wearing a horror mask.

"Gags and Cogs were sleeping," said Penner. "That was funny, I gently nudged him and woke him up - you thought he was fast on the ice. He can really move when he's scared."

A lot of effort went into the execution, if not the planning. Penner said he came up with the idea at the last minute.

"It was spur of the moment. I was actually at Save On, doing some grocery shopping and they had the Saw mask at the checkout line, $14.99. I figured, with my club card, I swiped that and it was $13.99, I couldn't afford not to."

Some teammates were mumbling about retribution, but Penner advises against it.

"I hope for their sake they don't try anything because this is the tip of the iceberg."


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