The 15 Most Idiotic Goal Celebrations in NHL History
The practice of celebrating a goal in hockey is relatively new to the game. Back in the old days when hockey players were “real” men that ate porridge and washed it down with some crab juice each day for breakfast, there was very little emotion displayed during the game at all, let alone when goals were scored.
Since then, the game has become much more exciting, partially due to the players being faster and stronger. It’s also due to the fact that many of them now have “personalities” and a “sense of humour”, or at least the willingness to show actual emotion.
That’s not always a good thing.
Sometimes players can get a little out of control with displaying their emotions, especially after scoring a goal.
This can sometimes cause them to look like an idiot, for a variety of reasons. They might be trying to make the other team look bad, or are copying someone else’s style, or simply don’t know what they’re doing.
Here are 15 clips of goal celebrations where the goal scorer should have probably just had a quick group hug with his teammates and went back to the bench.
This one is definitely fresh in everyone’s minds, as it happened two weeks ago against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Pretending that you’re shooting the opponent’s goalie isn’t really a good idea for a couple of reasons. First, it isn’t very respectful. Second, it may cause Steve Downie to come at you like a madman.
Anisimov at least apologised to his teammates and regretted it in retrospect, unlike some of the other individuals in this article.
It doesn’t seem right to write an article on idiotic things in hockey history and not include Sean Avery, does it?
This goal celebration is particularly stupid because it didn’t even follow a pretty goal. It’s showboating, plain and simple.
But then again, if you’ve only scored 87 goals over 11 years in the NHL, then you might want to make each one count.
This goal was scored during the Leafs Nation Fan Night on December 21st, so at least it wasn’t during an actual NHL game.
If it were, Colton Orr would have probably had to do what he does best, although he’s apparently a “breakaway specialist,” according to Toronto Maple Leafs teammate Tyler Bozak.
Tebowing is all the rage right now, apparently, but having a player in another professional sports league perform the move cheapens it a little. Plus, Colton Orr is no Tim Tebow.
This goal was scored in overtime during the playoffs and evened up the 1991 series between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers at three games apiece, so it’s understandable why Theo Fleury might be so happy afterwards.
However, the celebration was a bit too much for the playoffs, where you don’t want to give the other team any more motivation to win than already exists.
What makes this celebration truly idiotic is that Fleury looks like he doesn’t really know what he’s doing here. He flaps his arms a little bit, does a few fist pumps and falls on the ground.
It’s no wonder that the Oilers came back to win Game 7.
Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban is known for being a little too flashy from time to time, but he seems to have outdone himself a little here.
It’s the extra long gladiator-like slide that makes this celebration look idiotic. Subban looks like he’s trying to be as dramatic as possible.
With only two goals in 35 games this year so far, Subban should try to work more on his goal scoring than his celebrations.
Dominic Moore’s celebration is particularly foolish in a way unlike any other slide in this article, because Moore didn’t actually score a goal.
Instead, Marc-Andre Fleury let out a very juicy rebound that Moore could have tapped in easily except for the fact that both of his hands are high up in the air.
One of the sayings that hockey coaches frequently use is, “Make sure!” It usually refers to making sure that you get the puck out of your defensive zone or make an outlet pass to another teammate without turning it over.
In this case, Dominic Moore should have made sure that the puck was in the net.
In this clip, Milan Hejduk looks like he’s about to go into spasms before finally diving onto the ice and wiggling around like a fish that’s about to die.
If the ice was freshly flooded, this celebration actually wouldn’t look that bad.
It wasn’t. He does.
Don’t feel so bad, Colton Orr—you’re not the first NHLer to steal a celebration from a Denver Bronco.
Back in the '90s, Jaromir Jagr decided to salute after his goals. The only problem is that another professional sports player, Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, already had a reputation of performing the same celebration.
Instead of saluting, Jagr should have just showed everyone his iconic mullet after scoring. It would have been quite the show.
Patrick Kane’s Stanley Cup-winning goal deserves to be on this list, not because Kane’s celebration itself was idiotic, but because everyone who wasn’t wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey didn’t realize that the puck had already gone in the net.
The referees ended up going upstairs for video replay on this one, which showed that it obviously went in.
If only Buffalo Sabres fans were given the same due diligence in 1999.
Zach Bogosian absolutely screws up this goal celebration, performing a somersault after trying to crouch low and make a big fist pump.
It’s OK, Zach, no one saw you mess that one up. Except they did.
Or maybe they didn’t—the game was in Atlanta, after all.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andre Dupont’s celebration is the earliest one in this article, as it took place during the 1976 Stanley Cup Final.
Doing a celebration like Dupont’s takes a lot of nerve, something of which the Broad Street Bullies definitely weren’t lacking.
That the Montreal Canadiens didn’t immediately go after Dupont and the Flyers after that goal makes complete sense. I know that I like the back of my head just fine without Bobby Clarke’s fist through it. I assume that the Habs were thinking the same thing.
Here’s yet another entry from the “I don’t know how to properly celebrate a goal” department.
The greatest part of the clip is seeing Mike Green score the goal and watching his hands go up in the air as he drifts out of the camera’s view, then seeing him on the ground against the boards three seconds later.
Unlike Zack Bogosian, Green has scored more than his fair share of goals, which makes this celebration even more ridiculous.
This celebration would look a lot more idiotic if not for the fact that Mike Bossy had just scored his 50th goal in 50 games for the New York Islanders.
His shuffle looks like the way little children skate when they are first beginning to learn the craft.
Bossy was a tremendously gifted goal-scorer, but when it comes to goal celebrations? Not so much.
Tiger Williams’ stick-riding stunt is probably one of the most disrespectful celebrations in hockey.
Although it admittedly is funny to watch, it’s also very drawn out and takes place right in front of the opponent’s bench.
However, like some of the others in this article, Tiger Williams was well equipped to deal with anyone who had a problem with it.
Most people that don’t like this particular celebration do so because they feel that it was disrespectful to the other team. I am not of that opinion.
Instead, this celebration is idiotic simply because he does a bad job of trying to make people realize that his stick is on fire.
There are two things that Alex Ovechkin could have done instead that would have looked much better.
First, he could have actually touched the stick with one finger then quickly put his finger in his mouth. Second, he could have done what most people do when their hands are cold and there’s a fire immediately in front of them—they clasp their hands together and blow on them, then open them up and bring them towards the stick.
Ovechkin should keep that in mind for the next time he scores 50 goals in a season. If he ever does.