10 of Hockey's Worst Goal Celebrations We Never Want to See Again
NHL players put a lot of effort and creativity into goal celebrations these days, but sometimes their celebrations go too far.
Celebrations that are disrespectful and/or contain too much showboating have no place in the NHL, or any hockey league for that matter.
Let's look at 10 goal celebrations we never want to see again.
Jumping at the Glass
Not only is it boring and not very creative, but if you jump at the glass hard enough, you could damage it, or even break it like the player in this video does.
We have seen many NHL players celebrate goals like this, including Zach Parise during the gold medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
There is absolutely no need for any NHL player to be "Tebowing" after scoring a goal.
Since "Tebowing" isn't very popular anymore, there's no reason for any hockey players to use this celebration in the future.
Mocking a Hall of Fame Player
New York Rangers forward Mike Rupp did the "Jaromir Jagr salute" after scoring the first of his two goals in the 2012 Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers.
This was a foolish decision by Rupp, and there's no need to mock a Hall-of-Fame player by using this celebration.
It was disrespectful toward Jagr, who was playing in the game as a member of the Flyers.
One of the worst moments of Andrew Ference's career was when the Boston Bruins defenseman raised his middle finger at the Bell Centre Crowd during his team's first round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens two years ago.
There is no excuse for this, especially since there are lots of kids at these games who shouldn't have to witness this kind of foolishness at an NHL game.
For a video of the celebration, click here.
"Stick on Fire"
Alexander Ovechkin has come up with some cool goal celebrations, but this wasn't one of them.
In this celebration, Ovechkin seems to be warming his hands because he is pretending his stick is on fire.
After scoring just 38 goals last year, Ovechkin should focus less on celebrations and more on improving his offensive production next season.
Sean Avery Pushups
After scoring an unimpressive goal, former Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery does push-ups in the right corner behind the Nashville Predators goal.
It was a classless move, and should not be repeated in the future, especially if the goal being celebrated wasn't anything special.
The NHL doesn't need these kinds of celebrations.
PK Subban Gets Checked by Carey Price
This wasn't a classless or idiotic celebration by Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, but it did present goaltender Carey Price with an opportunity to make his teammate look bad.
As you can see from the video, Subban's celebration included a lengthy skate toward Price, where he probably wasn't expecting his goaltender to deliver a solid hit.
Subban is one of the NHL's most exciting players, but some of his celebrations, including this one, go a little too far.
Patrick Roy Statue of Liberty
I know this celebration doesn't involve a player scoring a goal, but when Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy began to showboat after thinking he made a great save, it became one of the most embarrassing moments of his career.
One of the worst parts about this moment from Roy's perspective was that it helped the Detroit Red Wings defeat Colorado in the 2002 Western Conference Finals en route to their Stanley Cup championship.
Celebrating big saves is something no goaltender should ever do because it will only make the opposing team even more motivated to score goals.
Celebrations like the one done by KHL player Andrey Stepanov have no place in hockey.
Celebrating goals should be done by hugging your teammates, fist pumping, or something else that is quick and not disrespectful.
Goal celebrations also shouldn't use a large portion of the ice to complete.
Player Jumps onto the Boards, Waves to Crowd
This is another example of a goal celebration gone too far.
It's hard to imagine anyone in the NHL doing this because a massive brawl would likely happen shortly afterward.
Honorable Mention: Artem Anisimov
Artem Anisimov's celebration from a regular season game last year versus the Tampa Bay Lightning actually created a fight between the two teams.
It was a classless move by Anisimov, and as we saw on an episode of HBO's 24/7 series later that month, the young forward apologized to his teammates after the game.
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