Rangers forwardJed Ortmeyer, a Nebraskan, was taking surfing lessons in California until hisagent found out and told Ortmeyer, who has had reconstructive surgery on bothknees, to stop immediately. There was no keeping Capitals defenseman BrendanWitt (right), off the waves near Vero Beach, Fla. "I'd be there for thesunrise surf session and I'd go until 11," says the bruising 6'2",223-pound Witt, who rose at 5 a.m. each day and drove an hour from where he wasstaying with his family in West Palm Beach. Adds the Saskatchewan native,"It was nice to be in the sun."
Kings left wingLuc Robitaille (right) and his wife, Stacia, organized a poker game--and forhigh stakes. The Feb. 26 event at Normandie Casino in L.A. drew 140 entrantsincluding 24 star Elisha Cuthbert, who is dating Kings center Sean Avery. Thetournament raised more than $45,000 for a Lake Charles, La., couple that wasuprooted by Hurricane Rita and needed equipment for their 10-year-old daughter,Lanie Warner, who suffers from spina bifida. Said Lanie's mother, Tara, "Wehave been humbled and overwhelmed.... Luc and Stacia couldn't be betterpeople."
"I'm notexactly built for cycling," says 6'3", 225-pound Sharks left wing ScottThornton (right). Maybe not, but he knows his pelotons from his power plays. OnFeb. 22 Thornton completed a 17-mile time trial that is a stage of the AmgenTour of California, which draws many pro cyclists. He finished in 48 minutes,only six minutes slower than some pros. Last summer Thornton, now 35, completedthe 129-mile Death Ride in Northern California--an annual race that mostentrants fail to finish. This time, he said, he didn't have a chance toprepare: "I basically threw the gear on and got on the bike."
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The Pop Culture Grid
|How do sports stars fit in?||The Oscars are ...||Favorite grooming product?||Age you had first kiss?||Singer or musician you'd most like to be||I' m secretly afraid of ...||How much weight would you like to lose?|
|BRIAN ROLSTON Wild C||Recognition for movie stars||Brave|
|13||Mike McCready (Pearl Jam guitarist, left)||Snakes||None|
|A night of fashion and awards||Curve|
|Snakes and spiders||10 pounds|
|A fashion show||Cocoa|
|The ocean||"I'd like to gain five to 10 pounds"|
|JENNIE FINCH USA Softball P||Beautiful people, beautiful dresses||Michael Kors body lotion||15||Jennifer|
|Being home alone||"I'm pregnant, so 25 pounds, after the baby comes"|