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New York Rangers' Victory Hat and Other Interesting NHL Locker Room Traditions

April WeinerCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2017

New York Rangers' Victory Hat and Other Interesting NHL Locker Room Traditions

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    The NHL is full of grand traditions. Traditions like the playoff beard, not touching the Stanley Cup until you've won it, every player getting a day with the Cup and much more.

    The fans have great traditions as well, such as an octopus on the ice in Detroit, rats on the ice in Florida and hats on the ice for hat tricks.

    However, teams have traditions internally too. 

    Most of them probably have some we don't know about, but there are a few that we have learned of over the years. 

    Let's take a look at some teams' locker room traditions. 

Don't Walk on the Logo

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    Most NHL teams and hockey teams in general have at least one standard locker room rule: do not step on the logo.

    Stepping on the logo is sacrilegious and disrespectful to the team.

    Alas, some people just don't respect that locker room tradition. 

New York Rangers' Victory Hat

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    As Yahoo's Puck Daddy recently uncovered, the New York Rangers have a new team tradition of awarding a trendy fedora hat to the player of the game. 

    The tradition apparently originated on the team's recent Europe trip, with the idea coming from Brad Richards. 

    It's a good look for Henrik Lundqvist. 

     

     

    Photo courtesy of: Puck Daddy

Pittsburgh Penguins Victory Shovel

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    During HBO 24/7: The Road to the Winter Classic featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, we were introduced to the Penguins' victory tradition: the game shovel.

    The shovel signifies the hard work and dedication it takes to build a team and is given to the player of the game as determined by the team. 

    It's a little odd, but the sentiment is a nice tradition for the team. 

Washington Capitals Hard Hat

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    Not to be outdone by their foes a bit north, the Washington Capitals have their own victory locker room tradition: a hard hat. 

    The hat is awarded to the player of the game in recognition of all the hard work. That player gets to award the hat to another player after the next win—but he can't pick himself.

    The tradition was introduced by Caps former captain Chris Clark, who said the Calgary Flames had a similar tradition when he was part of the team in 2003-04. 

Boston Bruins Game Jacket

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    Last season, during their run to the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins awarded the "Game Jacket" to the player of the game.

    After Nathan Horton was hospitalized after a hit by the Vancouver Canucks' Aaron Rome, the jacket was placed in his stall

    The jacket was last awarded to Mark Recchi, who wore it during the Bruins' home opener celebration.

    The tradition retired with him. 

Chicago Blackhawks Boxing Belt

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    During the 2009-10 season, the Chicago Blackhawks victory tradition was unveiled: the boxing championship belt awarded to the player of the game.

    The idea came courtesy of Brent Seabrook, who bought the belt to begin the team tradition. 

Nashville Predators Belak Helmet

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    The Nashville Predators have decided this season to commemorate the late Wade Belak and keep his memory as part of the team. 

    They are doing that by awarding the helmet that Belak wore as a volunteer firefighter to their player of the game. 

Buffalo Sabres Pigeon

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    A few years back, the Buffalo Sabres victory tradition was passing around a pigeon to the "pigeon of the game." 

    The tradition came from Jaroslav Spacek, who once told the players on the plane: "Let's go pigeons; let's play poker." 

    Spacek was then dubbed "Pigeon," and the tradition was born after another player ordered the pigeon online. 

     

    Photo courtesy of: sabres.nhl.com 

Buffalo Sabres White Jacket

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    A couple years ago, it was a "pigeon of the game" for the Buffalo Sabres. Last year, it was the stylish white jacket.

    The jacket is awarded to the team's player of the game for his "performance, dedication or determination." 

    The tradition was started by head coach Lindy Ruff, and Steve Montador was the first recipient of the jacket. 

    That's of course Drew Stafford rocking the jacket in the picture.

     

    Photo courtesy of: sabres.nhl.com 

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