Minnesota Wild players take selfie with alligator during golf game

Hockey players with gator
Nino Niederreiter via Twitter
An alligator on a Cancun golf course was left open-mouthed by its encounter with Minnesota Wild player Nino Niederreiter and three of his teammates.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 | 3:33 p.m.
 
Players around the National Hockey League are just getting back into game action after a nice, long break for the NHL All-Star Game. A foursome of players from the Minnesota Wild returned to their teammates after meeting somebody – or maybe we should say some thing – that really is wild.
 
Nino Niederreiter and fellow players Marco Scandella, Matt Dumba and Darcy Kuemper jetted down to Cancun, Mexico, for a golf vacation over the break. One day they were playing a course that had several signs warning golfers of the presence of alligators and, sure enough, the hockey stars ran across a decent-sized gator sunning himself on a bank of a pond.
 
 
Despite the fact that the gator was facing their way and had its mouth open, the fearless foursome eased up to within a few feet of it to snap a photo. 
 
"It was probably three or four feet away with his mouth open the whole time looking at us," Niederreiter – who we bet never ran across a gator growing up in his native Switzerland – told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "So we took a quick pic and got out of there."
 
Tiptoeing close to the gator might not have been a great idea, but getting out of there quickly definitely was. And the boys all got back to the team with all their fingers and toes still in place.