PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Will Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin accept the challenge?
The #IceBucketChallenge that is.
In case you haven’t heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge, it’s an idea started on social media and it’s quickly gaining steam and going viral.
And it’s all for a good cause, supporting those affected by the disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The idea for the Ice Bucket Challenge was started by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who is fighting the devastating disease. Regular people, as well as a number of celebrities and athletes have been doused to lend their support.
Now, the Penguins are jumping into the fray.
Forward Craig Adams and his family – wife, Anne, children, Rhys and Frankie, and nephew, Gabriel – have initiated the challenge. Videoing themselves dumping buckets of ice water over their heads.
And then challenging Crosby, Kunitz and Guerin to take up the baton.
After that, Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury took on the challange — wearing a banana costume, no less.
The premise is – those called out must then complete the challenge and nominate three more people within 24 hours or donate $100 to ALS research.
The ice water is symbolic because ALS patients have trouble sensing hot and cold and trouble regulating their body temperature.
The fight against ALS is a cause near and dear to the Adams family. Craig’s father-in-law lost his battle with the disease last year at the age of 65. Paul Cellucci was the former governor of Massachusetts and U.S. ambassador to Canada.
Watch the Adams family Ice Bucket Challenge video below:
UPDATE (Aug. 7, 2014)–
On his 27th birthday, the Penguins captain accepted Adams’ #IceBucketChallenge, videoing himself pouring a bucket of ice over his head in support of ALS awareness. In turn, he challenged teammates, Pascal Dupuis, Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang to take up the cause.
Watch it here:
Chris Kunitz and his family also accepted the challenge on Thursday. Nominating Rob Scuderi, Paul Martin and the Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf to go next.
Watch the Kunitz family’s #IceBucketChallenge:
Bill Guerin and his family answered the call as well. They will also make a donation to ALS research in the name of Adams’ father-in-law. The Penguins’ assistant general manager is calling out assistant coach Rick Tocchet, 2014 first-round draft pick Kasperi Kapenen and Chicago Blackhawks’ star Patrick Kane.
Watch the Guerin family’s #IceBucketChallenge:
UPDATE (Aug. 8, 2014)–
Marc-Andre Fleury and his family take on the challenge with a twist. Nominating Evgeni Malkin, and former Penguins Max Talbot and Jordan Staal.
Watch the Fleury family’s #IceBucketChallenge:
Assistant Penguins Coach Rick Tocchet also answered the call, and then called out Player Development Coach Mark Recchi, Conn Smythe winner Justin Williams of the Los Angeles Kings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates Neil Walker.
Watch the Tocchet’s #IceBucketChallenge:
Paul Martin also accepted the challenge! He’s nominating former Penguin James Neal, as well as other NHLers Zach Parise and Andy Greene.
Watch the Martin’s #IceBucketChallenge:
Up next is Pascal Dupuis and his family. They are challenging Robert Bortuzzo, Simon Despres and ROOT Sports’ Dan Potash!
Watch the Dupuis family’s #IceBucketChallenge:
Watch Rob Scuderi’s #IceBucketChallenge:
Watch the Kasperi Kapenen’s #IceBucketChallenge: