The purists say to "Act like you've been there before", but it is hard to find fault with the enthusiasm of a goal scorer.
To reach the highest level in your chosen profession allows for some moments of emotional release. Certainly the personality of some players comes out a lot more than it does in others, but the desire to have fun should never be held against some one.
I'm all for sportsmanship and believe that showing up an opponent invites consequences. There isn't another sport out there that allows for that type of retribution than hockey.
For every player, coach, expert or fan that says celebrations have no place in hockey, I would like to remind them that it is only a game.
Certain situations provide different levels of emotion. It is fair to assume that toiling through a long regular season or an additional 20 minutes of overtime might bring about an eruption of happiness when a game is won.
A series-clinching goal deserves exaltation and celebration. Bringing your team within four goals with less than a minute to go probably shouldn't warrant a similar reaction.
The following goals feature my top 15 NHL goal celebrations of all time. Of course the celebration of goals is a more recent phenomenon, so don't look for Eddie Shore or any old-time hockey heroes.
Feel free to add any suggestions and, of course, enjoy!