NHL player trapped in bathroom stall gets rescued by his teammates

Photo: @JohnCarlson74

Photo: @JohnCarlson74

Of all professional sports, we’re pretty sure hockey players have the craziest stories. Courtesy of CBS Sports, here’s another wild one from the NHL.

While having breakfast with his teammates in a Dallas hotel, Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward stepped away to go to the bathroom. After tidying up, Ward went to exit his stall but couldn’t.

As for what happened next, we’ll let Ward tell the story.

“I tried to come out and I flipped the switch a little bit but it wasn’t really coming undone,” said Ward, who after a morning of being teased mercilessly by his teammates took the whole experience in stride. “I’m in panic mode because I realized the door wasn’t going to open on me. I texted Karl [Alzner] to see if he was still around.”

Alzner and several other teammates came in to assess the situation, had a good laugh and a few waited for backup to arrive. But even when hotel staff showed up, they couldn’t get the door to open, either.

“Basically we had the whole Dallas SWAT team come in and still couldn’t open the door,” Ward said, exaggerating just a bit. “The latch on the inside where I was would turn but the bolt wouldn’t move, I think it was stripped. The bolt was just chilling.”

“They got a ladder and Karl and Carly [John Carlson] pretty much carried me like a log,” Ward told Carrera. “I sat there for 40 minutes, listening to toilet flushes all morning.”

Next time the Caps drop the puck, Ward better go hard for his guys. Those are some good teammates.