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No Games, All Play

March 13, 2006
March 13, 2006

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March 13, 2006

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
Barry Bonds
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No Games, All Play

For some NHL players the Olympic break meant a chance to kick off their skates and pick up the tools of another sporting trade

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

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."

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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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