So here's a topic that I think needs addressing -- Goal celebrations in the NHL are lame. OK, so Alex Ovechkin likes to celebrate every goal like it's his last and once in a while we do see a hint of emotion out of players, but come on. Hockey celebrations don't compare to those in other sports like football and soccer. Maybe that's a good thing, but to be honest, some creativity would be nice. I can only see so many players drop to one knee and pump their fist before getting really, really tired of the whole thing.
Today, I present a guide to how we can have better celebrations in hockey with some worthy examples from other places. Maybe players can use these after scoring their next game winner and put their own spin on things. Also included are some examples of what not to do.
Our first entrant is the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. Arguably one of the biggest stars in WWE history, he always entered the ring with some signature poses.
Alright maybe it's not the best, but it's better than a lot of what's going on in hockey today.
Our next contestants hail from the UK. It's the AFC Bournemouth soccer team (football, whatev) and they play in England's League Two, which, for some weird reason is actually the fourth tier of English soccer. They're also are on the path to relegation this season, which means they could get kicked down a notch at season's end. The point is that they're not very good. Anyway, they did this little number after scoring a goal, which would be pretty sweet to see on the rink, I think.
Imagine Evgeni Malkin scoring a goal and then pretending to punch out his linemates. I would like to see that.
Next up is one of the biggest young stars in the NBA, LeBron James. LeBron and other NBA stars have the tradition of tossing up powder before the start of the game. It's kinda neat, but also pisses off the people sitting in the front row, as it gets all over them and their things. Whether or not you like seeing it on the court, I'm not entirely sure we need to bring this to hockey.
The next idea is more a tip: get creative people!
Take a lesson from the NFL's Chad Johnson. He's known for his wacky celebrations and use of props, which make the game that much more entertaining. Like him or not, his celebrations are anything but the norm. We need more Chad Johnson-type celebrations in the NHL. I'm thinking like what we saw from Ovechkin during the All-Star Shootout.
Last but not least is one of the best celebrations/taunts of all-time. It needs no introduction, so all I'm going to say is imagine a player scoring, then turns to face the goalie and gives 'em the crotch chops. That would be AWESOME.