Updated: Calgary Flames streaker fuelled by (surprise!) beer
Man wearing only red briefs apprehended at centre ice
There’s streaking — the act of stripping down to ones’ birthday suit and running around in public, typically at a sporting event and after several alcoholic beverages — and then there’s the incident this week at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
During the second intermission of Wednesday’s game pitting the Calgary Flames against the San Jose Sharks, Christian Langford-Snape, leaped over the glass and sauntered toward the centre ice wearing nothing. Well, almost nothing. He was still sporting a pair of red briefs.
“The difference between keeping my boxers on and taking them off was a plane ticket back to the U.K.,” said the 23-year-old who hails from England. “As much as I would have liked to go full nude, I think I made the right choice.”
Crowd reaction to the Langford-Snape’s display was predictably mixed — cheers, laughter and a chorus of boos — but not surprising considering the limp effort of the not-really-naked streaker.
Wednesday night’s streaker sparked a flurry of Twitter comments, many pointing out he failed to bare all.
And what motivated Langford-Snape to mostly-streak? Beer, he conceded. Well, beer and a sudden desire to one-up Calgary’s last famous streaker.
During a 2002 Calgary Flames game, Timothy Hurlbut stripped down to a pair of red socks, climbed over the glass behind the penalty box before falling almost three metres onto the ice. He smacked his head hard enough to be knocked out for several minutes and suffer a severe concussion, as well as temporary amnesia.
The resident of Redcliff later pleaded guilty to public intoxication, was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and spend six months on probation.
“I talked to a guy in the toilets just before, he told me the guy before knocked himself out straight away,” said Langford-Snape. “I thought I could do better than that.”
To his credit, Langford-Snape managed to make it centre ice before two security guards grabbed him and escorted him off the ice. But the stunt didn’t impress the Calgary Flames organization.
“Such behaviour is not encouraged, is extremely dangerous, and demeaning to our fans of all ages,” said a spokesman for the Flames organization. “In addition, violators are charged and banned from the facility.”
Snape ultimately received a $172 fine and a one-year ban from the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“I was definitely let off easy,” said Snape.
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