We have seen some clever and funny signs so far in the 2011 NHL Playoffs, but does it match up to fans' signs from years past?
Hockey fans have especially been known to bring big pieces of poster board to games in order to cheer on their team or get their five seconds of fame on T.V. The trend seems to be growing each year.
The fan sign dates back to even before "sign man" showed up in Philadelphia. Since then, they have become more creative and some are just downright hilarious.
Here are the best hockey fan signs from recent years.
OK, so think of these two guys as more like "moving" signs.
The Greenmen in Vancouver have become a staple in Rogers Arena where the Canucks play.
They harass opponents in the penalty box and have recently been called out for doing so. Regardless, they do some pretty funny stuff and are hilarious to watch.
Now, this is not one of the more creative signs that I have seen. The thing that makes it great is the placement of the sign.
The timing and placement has to be exactly right in order to get the best shot and this Canucks fan certainly did that.
Even the Kings players are taking light to the situation.
I'd have to say this is very creative and good use of the pun here.
Also, we have ourselves a decent artist as well, unless it was photoshopped in.
Let's just hope that the sea did not come crashing down on them that night in Calgary.
OK, some of these are hard to read, but the sheer amount and effort of the Tampa Bay fans is what gets these signs put in this list.
Lightning fans always crowd to the first row in warmups in order to catch a glimpse of their favorite hockey players.
A couple of Top Gun and "DNA" references led the way for these signs.
You want to annoy the Flyers and their team? All you have to do is tell them that you hate a good ol' cheese steak.
Nothing goes together like Philadelphia and a nice cheese steak "wit."
Give this woman props for such an original sign.
Nah, more like Stop, Cryan' Miller. Get it?
The Philly fans had to get back at those Sabre fans for making such an uncalled for sign.
Philadelphia is home to the original "sign man" and are always good for a great sign or two each night.
Sign: 5 out of 10
Person holding the sign: 10 out of 10
You have got to have some good self esteem and social skills to pull off this attire. The sign is rather plain, but it is the costume that makes the sign stand out like a sore thumb.
I wonder if he said "Yes."
Man, people love Sidney Crosby don't they?
If you are anywhere outside Pittsburgh, you are probably in Sidney "Hater Town." Crosby is a great player who fans like to get on because he dives and complains a lot.
These Ottawa fans are just jealous that they don't have him on his team.
Not so much a sign, but more of a symbol for Lightning fans.
This Ice Girl draws more attention than any other sign in the arena.
Now, I wonder what Crosby would say if she was holding up that "Marry Me" sign.
I wish the sign on the left was fully visible.
A lot was said about the Flyers and Sabres in their first round series about how each team was whining and complaining about calls.
As for the sign on the right, Philly loves its puns and use of alliteration.
Watching the Bruins in the playoffs, I was waiting to see a sign like this.
Every time I heard Nathan Horton's name I was like "Horton hears a who."
Sure enough, that man beat me to it and made a sign for his favorite player.
The Buck stops here...Bear season is over.
Philly fans must not like animals too much.
The Flyers might have gotten away with coming out of a 3-0 deficit last season, but the Bears might claw the Flyers down to their last wing this year.
Chris Chelios was born in 1962 and up until last season, he was still playing in the NHL at 48-years old.
At 48, that means Chelios' body could still take a big beating each night, but was his mind prepared for the type of sign like this that compared him to the pre-historic ages?
Let's keep harassing Chelios for being so old. Here he is giving a thumbs up to a fan telling him to retire.
This fan probably was speechless when Chelios acknowledged his sign. He's smiling at him saying to himself, "Wow, what do I do now?"
The Philly fans let the refs hear it when one of them makes a bad call.
It is always funny to see a referee standing next to a sign that portrays the ref as being blind.
Cover your right eye and read lines five and six please.
Screw having to read a line chart. Why don't you just tell the ref straight up that he is blind?
I like the erasable board here as well. That way you can change the sign at any point in the game. Very economical.
Ouch. This Penguins fan is taking Philly merchandise and degrading it.
I wonder how he got it? Regardless, very creative and I give the kid an A for effort and originality.
Sign Man returns! This was taken during last year's playoff series against Montreal.
I guess Flyers fans like to get right down to the point. No pun or rhymes needed here. Just tell them how it is.
He's known as "LOUUU" up in Vancouver.
Roberto Luongo is one of the better goalies in the NHL. Good mix of fact and creativeness here.
Now I'm assuming you'd have to watch "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" to get this reference.
"There is! Kitten Mittens. Finally, there is an elegant, comfortable mitten for cats…. I couldn’t hear anything! Is your cat one-legged? Is your cat fat, skinny, or an in-between? That doesn’t matter! Cause one size fits all! Kitten Mittens! You’ll be smitten!"
For everything else, use your Mastercard....And with how expensive that trip cost, I'm sure they built up a little credit beforehand.
I wonder how much of the $500 was put towards the beer?
This ECHL ref got heckled all game long after fans saw this sign behind his head. The sign is perfectly placed and the sign to the right just adds to the humor.
Now if this ref actually saw the sign and still stood there, maybe he might be not so smart in the head.
His facial expression is priceless too.
Hands down, this is the funniest sign on the list. These fans overseas obviously see the refs as being blind too.
Not much else to say here. This tops the list for its creativity and downright hilarious nature.