NHL player takes "Ice Bucket Challenge" to the stars

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NHL player Paul Bissonnette has taken the popular "Ice Bucket Challenge" to new heights - literally.

The viral challenge, which involves one person being doused with a bucket of ice water, then challenging others to take a soaking of their own or donate $100 to ALS research has picked up steam on social media this summer. Our Facebook walls have been filled with friends and family members in the backyard with a five-gallon bucket and a bag of ice.

That wasn't enough for Bissonnette.

After being challenged by Keith Yandle of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, Bissonnette posted his video, featuring a helicopter trip into the mountains, a Speedo and a whole lot of water from a glacier.

And if you're going to go big, your challenge better reach for the stars, too. Bissonnette didn't disappoint here, either, challenging NBA star LeBron James and NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.

Bissonnette's challenge rippled through the celebrity ranks Tuesday.

While James and Wilson had yet to respond to the challenge, Rodgers posted a video of his challenge from a Gatorade bucket in the endzone of Lambeau Field. He then challenged former Green Bay teammate Tom Crabtree, musician Darius Rucker and actor Brian Baumgartner ("The Office").

Rucker sent the challenge to Charles Kelley of country group Lady Antebellum, country singer Luke Bryan and PGA golfer Jim Furyk. Bryan posted a video a short time later. Baumgartner's challengees included "Office" co-star Angela Kinsey (who replied in a less-than-family-friendly manner to the challenge), actor Matthew Lillard and actress Julie Bowen.

Retired NHL player Aaron Ward, who won the Stanley Cup with Detroit (twice) and Carolina, also made a big splash with his challenge Tuesday, though paling in comparison with Bissonnette's effort.

With help from the Carolina Hurricanes' mascot, "Stormy," Ward took an icy bath from the tank of the team's Zamboni. He was only slightly less ambitious with his challenges, sending the dare to Canadian tennis phenom Eugenie Bouchard, University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon (Ward is a Michigan alum) and Hall of Fame hockey coach Scotty Bowman - though none had replied by Tuesday evening.