Ranking the 10 Most Hilarious Hockey Bloopers from the Past Decade
Fans watch NHL hockey to be dazzled by the skills, toughness and athleticism of the men on the ice.
Pro sports is all about watching athletes do what's impossible for the rest of us mere mortals.
Sometimes, however, situations go astray. Even the most impressive hockey players have moments they wish they could take back.
Nowadays, thanks to YouTube, we can guffaw over their mistakes for all eternity. Here's a look at the top 10 NHL bloopers from the last 10 years.
10. Zach Bogosian Hands Corey Perry a Game-Winner
October 6, 2013
An early-season blunder put Zach Bogosian on the highlight reels for all the wrong reasons.
With his Winnipeg Jets tied with the Anaheim Ducks in the third period, Bogosian goes back to retrieve a puck from behind his own goal.
Though Corey Perry's not applying any pressure as he settles into the slot, Bogosian whiffs on his clear, sending the puck straight onto Perry's stick. The big defenseman falls and watches helplessly from his belly as Perry puts the puck home for what proves to be the game-winner.
9. Alexei Emelin Checks Teammate Erik Cole
March 1, 2012
Currently sidelined with a knee injury suffered towards the end of the 2012-13 season, Alexei Emelin has been the biggest hitter on the Montreal Canadiens in recent years.
He's a fearsome force with his body—sometimes on his own teammates. Erik Cole didn't know what hit him when he collided with Emelin at center ice during a home game.
8. Steven Stamkos' Penalty Shot Disaster
January 5, 2011
Steven Stamkos is one of the most gifted scorers in the game. It all comes easily to him, especially when there's no opposition to get in the way. Right?
The Tampa Bay Lightning were already down 5-0 to Pittsburgh in this game when Stamkos was awarded a penalty shot on Marc-Andre Fleury.
On a night when nothing was going right for the Lightning, Stamkos showed that even the best can blow a tire every now and then.
7. Dan Hamhuis Stymies Roberto Luongo
October 12, 2013
Whenever the Montreal Canadiens travel across Canada, home teams suffer the indignity of having their arenas taken over by raucous Habs fans sporting the bleu, blanc et rouge.
Such was the case in Vancouver earlier this season. The Canucks were playing Montreal evenly until a miscue by Dan Hamhuis on a power-play breakout ended up in the Vancouver net.
The Canucks went on to lose the game, but the play itself is slapstick straight out of Laurel and Hardy.
6. Jonathan Quick Gives Ryan McDonagh a Gift
October 7, 2013
Here's another gaffe from an unlikely source—also with his team on the power play.
The Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick is so good at stopping pucks, but every so often he makes an inexplicable play like this one.
He gift-wrapped a goal and a win for the New York Rangers on a road trip where almost nothing went the Blueshirts' way.
5. Dennis Wideman Goes Airborne in Shootout
February 2, 2006
Compared to Stamkos' penalty shot blunder, Dennis Wideman gets extra style points for this shootout attempt, getting both feet into the air and sliding butt-first into the boards.
Shootouts are supposed to be about creativity, right?
4. Dion Phaneuf Fight Fail
November 5, 2005
Dion Phaneuf was just one month into his NHL career when he got tangled up with Canucks' resident pest Jarkko Ruutu. As he backed away and threw down his gloves, he ended up on his keester as Ruutu calmly made his way onto the Canucks' bench.
Ruutu took advantage of a naive rookie and we all had a laugh. Perhaps that's why Phaneuf's so surly nowadays?
3. Cal Clutterbuck Swan Dives
March 14, 2011
For years, Cal Clutterbuck has dominated the list of the NHL's top hitters.
He thought he had a good one lined up as he got ready to lay out Vancouver's Alex Burrows, but the shifty winger saw him coming. Burrows stepped out of the way and Clutterbuck went head-first into the Vancouver bench, completely disappearing.
It's impressive how quickly Clutterbuck's able to extract himself, though he's not very convincing when he tries to carry on as if nothing unusual has happened.
2. Patrik Stefan Misses the Empty Net
January 4, 2007
Patrik Stefan is known as one of the biggest busts in NHL history. Drafted first overall in 1999, he never managed more than 40 points in a season and left the league in 2007 after just 455 games.
This moment may have been the final blow to Stefan's NHL career, coming just a month before his retirement. With his Dallas Stars leading in the third period, Stefan steals the puck from Marc-Andre Bergeron of Edmonton and skates in for an easy empty-netter. Or not.
Stefan misses the shot, then falls. Edmonton takes the puck back the other way, and Ales Hemsky scores to tie the game with less than three seconds to go.
It doesn't get much more embarrassing than this.
1. Alain Vigneault Can't Control His Giggles
February 26, 2012
They say that laughter is contagious. In terms of pure hilarity, there's nothing funnier than this clip from a 2012 Canucks/Stars game in Dallas.
Vancouver was wrapping up a long road trip with this afternoon game and the team was looking forward to getting home.
As Dallas' Vern Fiddler skated past the Canucks bench, he made a face to mock Kevin Bieksa's so-called "angry face." Coach Alain Vigneault started to chuckle—then was overcome by a full-scale case of the giggles. The Canuck players and the fans behind the bench were all swept up in the moment before a proper degree of composure was eventually restored.
Fiddler is known for trying to get under the skin of his opponents. On this day, no one could take him seriously.
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