In watching the Philadelphia Flyers' three goals from last night's win (video), there was some diverse choreography on display.
Scott Hartnell's Scottie Upshall's goal celebration involved pumping his fist several times before unleashing a festive uppercut. Mike Richards didn't really know what to do with himself after his shorthanded goal, so he skated to the bench to get mobbed by his teammates. R.J. Umberger was a little of Column A, a little of Column B: He embraced his teammates and then did a flying body splash into the glass for the orange-clad puckheads in attendance.
That was all fine and dandy. But what Chris Pope, a guest writer for The On Deck Circle, wants to see is more of the "dirty cellys" -- those slightly choreographed goal celebrations that transcend the usual limits of sportsmanship in hockey and enter the realm of showboating. We're not talking about Randy Moss pretending to drop his pants and moon the crowd, or the evil genius of Chad Johnson. We're talking about the less offensive but still controversial moments of celebration that add a little spice to the ice -- your patented "Foligno Leap" or the one where the player pretends his stick is a canoe paddle. You know, wacky stuff; it's practically an art form. As Pope wrote, and as the Flyers showed last night: "Everyone seems to be doing the fist pump and jumping into the glass."
The On Deck Circle offered five "forgotten" celebrations, and rated them on "Dirtiness," "Risk" and "Chance of getting murdered afterward." For example, "Duck Hunting" earned a total score of 14.5:
This celebration is often seen in road hockey games opposed to on the ice. It begins with the player ripping his glove off of his one hand and throwing it up in the air in front of them. This is followed by the player using their stick as a gun and pretending to shoot down the glove at its highest point. Not a bad celly, really, but there are many out there more creative and not to mention you leave your hand exposed for the opposing team to break some bones.
The video below has more than a few "dirty cellys" when it finally gets to the Top 10 Goal Celebrations at the 1:40 mark. And hey, who doesn't love them some Chumbawamba?