Most Memorable Fan and Player Taunts Caught on Camera
NHL fans love to show their passion whenever they come to the arena by taunting opposing players along the glass, and some even serenade teams with various chants like the infamous Potvin Sucks Whistle at Madison Square Garden.
The best part about these chants and jeers is that they often end up on camera, and they provide great snapshots into moments of the past.
There is never a dull moment during a hockey game for the fans. Let's look back at some of the most memorable fan and player taunting moments in recent memory.
This slideshow includes moments between both players and fans, not taunts between players like Vernon Fiddler's impersonation of Kevin Bieksa.
Steve Sullivan Gets Chirped, Karma Strikes Back
This moment is one of the funniest and most memorable in league history. Steve Sullivan of the Chicago Blackhawks is bleeding from the nose, and when he skates to the bench he is taunted and chirped by a fan.
Later in the same period, Sullivan scored two shorthanded goals, and he happened to be on the ice when the same fan was hit in the face by a puck put over the boards by Patrick Roy.
As Sullivan skated to the bench, he chirped the fan and sweet karma was served.
"Can You Hear Us?"
This clip is one of the most bittersweet crowd taunts in recent memory, and it would have been more enjoyable for fans if the New York Rangers held on for the victory during this game.
At the time Washington Capitals' bench boss Bruce Boudreau criticized Madison Square Garden and the fans for their inability to make noise.
After the Rangers took a resounding lead, the fans serenaded the team with a "can you hear us?" chant that echoed throughout the arena.
The Blueshirts ultimately lost this game in heartbreaking fashion, but this chant still stands out from that series.
Every hockey fan should know the story behind this infamous jeer, but if you don't this story by Sarah Kwak should provide you with all the details.
The Potvin Sucks Whistle is one of the most memorable fan taunts around the NHL, and there is always a number of New York Ranger fans who are willing to start it.
The chant has become so well known, that it randomly pops up in other arenas where the New York Islanders are the away team.
Throughout the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins series, there was a "superfan" dressed up as the immortal Hulk Hogan.
He sat close enough to the Flyers' bench that he would taunt anyone he locked eyes with, and his taunts became so profound that Scott Hartnell decided to taunt him back.
This fan made this series pretty fun to watch for the audience at home, because of the lack of competitiveness in this high-scoring series.
Roberto Luongo Is Chirped by Vince Vaughn
This moment was one of the most memorable fan interactions throughout the Stanley Cup run for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Vince Vaughn is a famous and successful Hollywood actor, and his interactions with Roberto Luongo were simply priceless.
MSG Rubs in Dominance over Flyers
The New York Rangers have owned the Philadelphia Flyers in head-to-head competition over the past two seasons, and that was further demonstrated last season when the Rangers held a 6-0 record against their Atlantic Division rivals.
The Rangers dominated every game against the Flyers and that led to the crowd taunting the Flyers with chants of "you can't beat us" whenever the score was out of hand, or the game was in the closing moments.
It is a taunt that was even used in jest by fans who attended the Hurricane Sandy benefit game in Atlantic City.
The Green Men
The Green Men of the Vancouver Canucks always provide a lot of fun hijinks and moments throughout the regular season, but the Los Angeles Kings found out first hand that they take things up a notch once the playoffs start.
Even though the Canucks were unsuccessful against L.A., they made the series fun to watch.
Claude Giroux Messes with Some Penguins Fans
No matter what team you support, it is always a goal to get a game-used souvenir if you happen to sit close enough to ice. In this clip, a group of Penguins fans taunt Claude Giroux with some signs, so he decides to have a little fun.
The Flyers' superstar gets the fans' hopes up by pretending to toss a puck up, palming it and then shooting it down the ice.
Fan Taunts Sabres from Behind Bench, Gets Pummeled When He Hops on Ice
Sometimes fans like to do more than chirp from behind the glass, but not many fans are as brazen as the one in this clip.
After chirping the Buffalo Sabres from behind the glass, the fan in question thought it was a smart idea to hop onto the ice.
The ensuing clip is one of the most memorable incidents of a fan taunt escalating into chaos.
Tie Domi Takes Advantage of Fallen Fan
If you are going to taunt a player from behind the glass, it would make sense to secure the ground you are standing on. This fan fell into the penalty box while taunting Domi, and he ended up paying the price.
Home crowds usually get on the opposing goaltender by chanting their name or other related jeers whenever they give up a bad goal or two, but MSG started a taunt directed at Martin Brodeur that has been copied by many fans throughout the league.
It is a simple chant that repeats Marty emphatically and in syllabic rhythm, but it was a popular jeer adopted by Los Angeles Kings' fans during the past Stanley Cup Final.
The chant is so well known and iconic that fans even used it at the Operation Hat Trick charity game during November.
Tyler Myers Responds to a Taunting Flyers Fan
Whenever a fan sits in a section adjacent to where the opposing team warms up, the temptation is present to chirp and have some fun.
The Buffalo Sabres were warming up for a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, and a season ticket holder was chirping at a few Sabres players.
A couple of players decided to respond by shooting a puck at the glass, but it wasn't enough to stop the fan. When he decided to step up his game, so did Tyler Myers.
Myers fired a puck at the glass and it shattered into pieces, and it temporarily stopped the fan and his chirping.
If there is an egregious exclusion of a memorable fan and player interaction, feel free to point it out in the comments section.