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09:13 AM ET 09.29 | Guy Boucher is going old-school simple with his on-ice punishments. So, there we were at Tampa Bay Lightning practice on Tuesday, when several players who, apparently, had not completed their task to the satisfaction of [Boucher] dropped and did 10 push-ups. The scenario was repeated several times over the 60-plus minutes the team was on the ice. Coach Guy Boucher said it is one way to remind the players to be better. "I always believe there needs to be consequences to anything, to get that same competitive level in your practices," he said. "So, sometimes it's push-ups, sometimes it's laps. It depends which day how I feel, but there's always consequences to things. You do it right, great. You don't, that's to make sure you remember."

St. Petersburg Times

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September 29, 2010  09:25 AM ET

Yep- 10 push-up to a professional athlete will sure teach him a thing or two...

September 29, 2010  09:27 AM ET

On the other hand...teaching players' to do push-ups and laps could be hazardous to the chemistry in the player's wives arena... and may not be productive, in the "end."(see Alafrate-Leeman)

September 29, 2010  09:30 AM ET

Hate to ramble on about this...but in the photo above...is this where he is suggesting and demonstrating that 'laps" is going to be the punishment?

September 29, 2010  09:35 AM ET

He better hope all those pushups don't effect Stamkos' one-timer!

September 29, 2010  10:17 AM ET

He's here to (clap) Pump you up! (clap)

September 29, 2010  11:14 AM ET

Hitting them in the pocket book probably works better.

But I like the fact he's at least trying.

September 29, 2010  11:46 AM ET

The look on Boucher's face in that photo means one of two things:

1) Boucher was the recipient of some stiff "no-glove love" from behind from a mischievious rookie unhappy about his ice time.

2) I'm too much of a gentleman to describe the other option.

September 29, 2010  12:12 PM ET

Push-ups? Aren't those ice creams?

September 29, 2010  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Push-ups? Aren't those ice creams?

I thought they were bras.

September 29, 2010  12:23 PM ET

Whoopty Do...I go to Hurricanes Practices and see guys doing push up all practice long...hmm what does that say about them?

September 29, 2010  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Push-ups? Aren't those ice creams?

Life in the gutter....

September 29, 2010  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Life in the gutter....

Oops! Misquote!!Aimed at Canuck...

September 29, 2010  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Life in the gutter....

Ah yes and a fine life it is. :-)

September 29, 2010  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The look on Boucher's face in that photo means one of two things:1) Boucher was the recipient of some stiff "no-glove love" from behind from a mischievious rookie unhappy about his ice time. 2) I'm too much of a gentleman to describe the other option.

You know what you are insinuating is just plain wrong. No excuse for it. But, I think you could be right.

September 29, 2010  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE:

Speaking of that have you seen latest pictures of Harrys favorite QB.

So what you're saying is a few Calgary losses and they have to wear pushups?

September 29, 2010  01:01 PM ET

I wonder how many push-ups Vinny and Marty are getting? Somethng tells me it isnt that many. lol

September 29, 2010  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I thought they were bras.

Exactly. What's the fun in this? I thought they were talking Victoria's Secret here. I know it's your favorite spot on that island of yours.

September 29, 2010  01:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Oops! Misquote!!Aimed at Canuck...

That's O. K. I was known to gutter cruise for the girls in my youth. A long (sob) time ago

September 29, 2010  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#23):

Exactly. What's the fun in this? I thought they were talking Victoria's Secret here. I know it's your favorite spot on that island of yours.

Mine too. The girls that go in there are the ones that can wear it.

 
September 29, 2010  02:00 PM ET

Whatever happened to taking ice time away from a player as a punishment?

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