My best pranks

I have a bit of a reputation on the U.S. women’s hockey team -- for being a practical joker, that is. Whenever something weird is happening, someone always turns to me and says, “What did you do?”

Courtesy of Hilary Knight

Another Hilary Knight prank: the missing tooth fake-out.

But I know it’s important to have fun. When you’re at the top of your sport you can’t be serious all the time. Maybe my best "get" ever was The Booby-Trapped Locker Room.

One year I came up with this idea to go on Amazon and order a whole box of those little firecrackers you throw on the ground and they make a loud “pop,” like you see every Fourth of July. I had so many I didn’t even know what to do with them. So I came in really early one morning and started putting booby traps everywhere in the locker room. I taped them under the toilet seat, under the scale, even under people’s shower sandals.

Pressure or friction makes them go off, so when people stepped into their shoes it started to trigger them, and my teammates thought the scale was breaking! Then more and more pops kept going off everywhere and people realized what was happening.

The one on the toilet seat was the funniest because you had to sit down to trigger it, but obviously no one is really expecting a big pop right then -- and you’re kind of in a vulnerable position. I think one of my teammates (who will remain nameless) thought she’d somehow broken the toilet seat.

Hilary Knight, a forward on the U.S. women's hockey team, is a two-time Olympic medalist. Check out her last espnW blog here.