Originally written on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 12/4/12
With the NHL lockout going on 80-plus days now, NHLers not playing in Europe are looking for ways to fill the hours normally spent on the ice.  L.A. Kings forward Dustin Penner’s lockout endeavors included an interning gig with late night talk show host Conan O’Brien.  Penner did all the normal stuff interns are supposed to do—make photocopies, cook Conan a delicious pie in the break room toaster oven, sweep the office floor, bodycheck fellow employees, drop the gloves when the opportunity arises, scare the bejeesus out of the other interns, and spend the remainder of the day causing generalized mayhem. All in a day’s work for an unemployed hockey player. Penner had this to say about the experience (via The Winnipeg Sun)… “I called my agent, who used to work in Hollywood, and asked if he could find me something to do,” Penner said. “I don’t want to get paid. I’m not looking for a real job. Just something fun, a life experience thing that I can look back at.” “I was just going through the everyday motions of being an intern,” Penner explained. “Sweeping the floor, filling the printer tray with paper — and letting out my aggression on the other interns. “I’m trying to bully my way to the top of the food chain at TBS.” “It was a lot of fun,” he said. “Because I fancy myself as a bit of a comedic enthusiast. I try to find laughter every day.” Sometimes you gotta laugh to keep from crying…just ask the scores of fans of the NHL forced to watch curling instead of their beloved hockey. [H/T to Puck Daddy]
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