Leaner – (n.) Filling a trash can or similar container with water, leaning it up against the door of a teammate’s hotel room, knocking, and running for the hills.
Hockey players can be nothing more than little boys with facial hair. This is something I really adore, if you want to know the truth. In this hockey series I’m writing, you will see many examples of this. Some might look at this type of behavior as immature. Sure it is. No argument there. But I also think it’s funny as hell. I love practical jokes.
So do Los Angeles Kings players, Dustin Penner and Mike Richards. Dustin is a very funny man. He has no problem laughing at himself, as is evident from the following Twitter conversation he had with Richards.
Richards: @DustinPenner25 ever hear of an iron?
Penner: @MRichie_10 Stay out of this Rick! This is between me and the tub. Also don’t open your door #leaner
Richards: @DustinPenner25 I actually just walked out of my room and the water has made its way in front of my door. Leaner not needed.
I. Love. This.
I hope readers like it too because this is exactly the kind of manly stuff I’m trying to show in my books. I hope it shows the friendship and camaraderie between the teammates, their senses of humor, their humility, their sense of fun.