Sign of the Times: Funniest Fan Signs in Hockey
Now usually I am not a supporter of fans bringing in signs that obstruct my view when I'm at a game, but there are those who's creativity makes it well worth missing a nice goal or a big hit every now and then.
Like this guys sign for instance, that reads, "Are you pregnant ref? Because you missed two periods!"
Now that's comedic genius that sounds like it came straight from a Will Ferrell stand-up act.
Or the one I saw in Game Three of the Kings against the Canucks series that read, "Hey Henrik, your brother is ugly!"
It's always a good laugh when you can pick on the wonder twin powers.
Anyone can paint their face or chest, throw on a clown wig and blow a horn, but it takes some real thought to come up with a clever sign that will be just as memorable as the game itself.
On that note, I thought it be a good time to take a look at some funny fan signs over the years.
At the very least, for all you Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, and New Jersey Devils fans out there, hopefully it takes your mind off the fact your teams are facing elimination in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Abusing the Officials
Keeping on the subject of abuse on the referees, this sign took great timing and positioning on the part of the guy who took the picture and the fan that made it.
When it's all put together it makes for one of the funniest shots ever, but I can't help but feel sorry for the ref, that at the time, had no idea this image was being captured and how he will be laughed at for years to come.
I also can't help to think, where is Gary Bettman when you need him?
Those Poor Refs
Great idea bringing a wet erase board to a hockey game, then you can make a quick witty comment on whatever is happening and double your chances of getting on TV.
I gotta say though, those poor refs sure take a lot of abuse. I am pretty sure the reason the NHL went to the four-man system is so the three blind mice stereotype would be gone out the window.
"I'm blind, I'm deaf, I want to be a ref" does have a nice ring to it though. Sounds like a new Lady Gaga song.
Support the Team, and at Times the Coach
Montreal Canadiens fans are by far the most vocal in the NHL, and make their feelings known when the team is struggling.
There may be no other building in pro sports where the fans boo more for the home team than the visitors.
That being said, each one of them bleeds the bleu, blanc and rouge of their beloved Habs.
So when Guy Carbonneau was rumoured to be getting the axe, you knew fans would voice their opinion. The most clever of which was this fan who's sign read, "Should he stay or should he go? Carbo-YES or Carbonneau."
Carbonneau did end up getting fired after guiding the Canadiens to a 35-24-7 record through 66 games.
11 games over .500...I got to agree with the guy holding the sign on this one.
Montreal Canadiens Fans are Priceless
Great effort, but when their wives find out that all five of them got one room and spent $400 on beer, the fits gonna hit the shan.
The Canadiens fans' take on the popular Mastercard commercials may take a different meaning if they don't resign restricted free agent goaltender Carey Price in the offseason.
Though if he and Halak continue to struggle in net, the team may just opt for Marty Turco.
No Brotherly Love for Halak in Philly
Wow, Philadelphia Flyers fans called this long before the Washington Capitals proved it.
Poor Jaroslav Halak, it isn't his fault the Caps stars got to him. With Guys like Alexander Ovechkin, Niklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Alexander Semin shooting at you every other night, it's no wonder his nerves took a turn for the worst.
.887 save percentage, and a 4.07 goals against average may have got it done in the 80's, but not now Jaroslav.
The Ugly Truth
Yes fans can be cruel at times, even jolting players where it hurts the most.
Chris Chelios got a laugh out of this Vancouver Canucks fans sign that read, "Chelios, you're uglier than Ricci!"
If the NHL's answer to the Keith Richards continues to play despite his age, he will see a few more signs slagging just that in the coming years.
Chelios is a big boy, he can take the ridicule. After all, I'm sure he has said much worse to his opponents on the ice.
Kane, Cabs, and Spare Change
Canadian fans at the 2010 Winter Olympics couldn't let USA sniper Patrick Kane live down his assault on a Buffalo cab driver over some pocket change.
This fan sported a sign that read, "Call Kane a Cab," during the gold medal game between Canada and the Americans.
Kane and his USA teammates almost had the last laugh if not for Sidney Crosby's efforts heroic efforts in overtime.
Girls Love Sid the Kid
The poster boy of the NHL, better known as Sidney Crosby, attracts a lot of attention on and off the ice. And it makes for some brilliant sexual sign innuendoes.
"Sidney can I hold your stick?" She is obviously talking about his gold medal winning hockey stick. Who wouldn't want to hold that?
"Put it in my five hole Sidney!" She appreciates the fact the kid can put it anywhere he wants. Goalies don't though!
And, "I'd give a kidney to make out with Sidney." Women want him, and the men want to be him.
He is a hockey legend already, and he can't even grow a beard!
Guys Love Taylor Pyatt
Hey whatever turns your crank kid, at least Taylor Pyatt has something going for him, because it sure ain't playing hockey.
10 goals in 69 games this year. What does he play, defense?
Capital Punishment for Jaromir Jagr
Washington Capitals fans had no remorse for being on the hook for $20 million of Jaromir Jagr's $44 million contract after he was traded to New York.
And while I did meet Jagr, and he smelled like what I'd imagine George Clooney would smell like, he would make one ugly chick!
Even despite the lovely hair.
Bertuzzi the Jailbird
Poor Todd Bertuzzi will never be forgotten as the man that ended Steve Moore's career, even though he has been medically cleared to play again, figure that one out.
I have to admit though, this took some creativity on the part of these fans.
As much as Steve Moore's life has changed, so has Bertuzzi's, who's fear of hurting anybody else has turned him into the NHL's version of Fernando the Bull.
Toronto Maple Laughs
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't done much over the past few seasons to make this sign any less true.
But, they looked decent down the stretch, and really there is no place to go but up when you are the NHL doormat two seasons in a row.
This sign is almost as funny as a Brian Burke speech...almost!
Okay, so the sign reads, "The worst part about being an Oilers fan is telling your parents you're gay!" Not that there is anything wrong with that.
I mean, I think it is tougher explaining to my fellow Flames fans that I don't mind the Edmomnton Oilers. It is something that is really looked down upon in the Calgary fan community.
But hey, at least it's not the Canucks!
Don't Date Within the Division
Think I was kidding about the hatred that goes on between Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fans, check these two out.
If they were dating, they probably aren't anymore!
A Whole Lot of Joke-inen
This sign may have reigned true last season, but since the NHL brainwashed Sean Avery into becoming "normal" it may be him this fan should feel sorry for, about playing with Olli Jokinen.
Say what you will about the Blueshirts agitator, he brings it most every shift. Where as the aforementioned Jokinen is as hot and cold as Pamela and Tommy Lee's love life.