You know what they say. Two minutes? Well worth it. Hey, sometimes you just got to keep yourself engaged during a long season, and nothing will keep you engaged faster than finding new and creative ways to fuck with your opponent. I have a friend that used to unstrap helmets in front of our net when we were still required to wear cages. Sure, he got slashed upside the head for his troubles, but it is also got us a 5 minute power play and a subsequent victory. Might put the team down a man now, but it will really pay off when the victim takes himself out of position by trying to run you later in the game.
As Yogi Berra (R.I.P) would say, 90% of this game is half mental. I have never untied someone's skates during a game, but I know that if I did I would get in their head faster than the concussion they are bound to get from being completely unaware of their surroundings on a hockey rink. Let's be honest. The guy that is so oblivious that he lets a player that is standing right next to him bend down and fumble with his laces kind of deserves to trip over his own two feet. How about paying a little attention bud? You're playing a rough game out there. Can't wander around with your head in the clouds or it might just get buried in the ice. I'm not saying the guy going around flippantly untying people's skates is going to win a sportsmanship award any time soon, but he is the kind of guy that every team needs. If not for his ability to help your team win than for his ability to get a laugh out of a relatively serious situation. My parents always taught me to have fun first and foremost, and they never mentioned anything about not doing so at the expense of others.