MWS Top 10: Hockey Goal Celebrations
It's baaaaack. After a couple of weeks of lackluster posting (or lack there of), we're back in a big way, kicking things off with a new MWS Top 10. This one is featuring ten of the best "celes" we've seen in the NHL's history, complete with video.
Whether you think they belong in the game or not, put the debating shoes aside and just sit back and enjoy the fun...
10. Sean Avery—The Pushup
This one here from Avery, back when he was a King in Los Angeles, takes one of the basic aspects of a workout, the pushup, and does it on the ice. I'm more shocked that Avery pulled off a goal like this one (HEYO!).
9. Nick Foligno—The Foligno Jump (Jr.)
This one's not necessarily the craziest or most creative celebration by any means, but the story behind it is what makes it so great. The Foligno Jump was a part of his dad's (Mike) legacy, so when Nick scored his first NHL goal, he paid tribute to his dad.
8. Danny Briere—Exaggerated Fist Pump
What Briere's celebration lacks in creativity, it makes up for in consistency.
7. Alexander Ovechkin—Stick on Fire
This cele marked Ovechkin's 50th goal, where he threw his stick on the ice and tried to cool it down (or maybe he was warming his hands up, I'm not really sure) for one of the better celebrations in recent years.
6. Theoren Fleury—The Fleury Side
This legendary celebration from 1991 comes from before the days when players actually prepared (and in some cases even practiced) their celebrations ahead of time and simply did what felt right. That's the message behind this instant classic, where Fleury slides from one blueline to the other.
5. Ilya Kovalchuk—Windmill
In this great celebration, Kovalchuk keeps the wheel turning following his goal, as he makes a speedy windmill motion with his arm as he books it down the ice. Looks more like Vince Carter (the old Vince Carter) winding up for a dunk than Kovy celebrating a goal.
4. Alex Kovalev—The Moonwalk
Who knew that back in the day Alex Kovalev could dance (or score)? In this video from AK's younger days with Pittsburgh, he scores a goal and then busts out an MJ dance move, performing the moonwalk on the ice. Maybe those moves are how he got those girls with his plane.
3. Tiger Williams—Ride The Pony
Alright, well he doesn't really ride a pony, but he rides his stick, which relates in my mind to the Happy Gilmore celebration—which I've also referred to as "Ridin the Pony," so that explains that. Anyways, Williams pulled out this classic back in his days with the Canucks, though he takes every opportunity he gets still today during charity hockey games to bust the move out. (I apologize for the first 5 seconds or so of the video).
2. Milan Hejduk—Straight 10's
Hejduk pulls out one of the craziest celebrations in the NHL in this one, but unfortunately, it just wasn't iconic enough to take the top spot. After scoring, he shows off his high dive abilities (with perfect form), then starts his lap swim, creating a great cele on the ice.
1. Teemu Selanne—Shots Fired!
This is far and above the best celebration that the NHL has ever seen. Even though it happens on an empty net, Selanne breaks the NHL record for rookie scoring, which gets him fired up enough to take his glove off, turn his stick into a gun and fire away.
Unfortunately, this one won't qualify as it's not the NHL, and it's also not following a goal, but this celebration, busted out by a goalie after winning the shootout via a poke check, is just classic.
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