There are many ways that men (and women, for sure, but mostly goofy guys such as myself) celebrate even the most minor of victories. Naturally, the “high five” is one of the oldest – and most natural – expressions of the joys of success. Yet, with sports highlight shows and all that, winning in style requires variations.
Off the top of my head, those variations include:
- The oft-ridiculed fist bump, occasionally accompanied by an “explosion” hand motion.
- Group football touchdown rituals, including a bunch of players huddling together and spinning a football. (These have become far less common now that “the No Fun League” started penalizing such actions).
- Some hopping celebration, whether it be the midair chest bump or the underrated shoulder-to-shoulder bump.
Of course, in hockey, the most common celebration is a big, sweaty, awkward hug after a goal. Alex Ovechkin perfected and popularized a “Lambeau-Leap” inspired hop into the boards, as well.
But not much is made of post-victory celebrations. Well, you know things are going relatively well for the Montreal Canadiens when the focus isn’t on low scoring or goalie controversies but rather rituals players go through after wins.
Carey Price and P.K. Subban’s tradition is the “triple low 5,” something that they have been able to practice with impressive frequency as the top team in the Northeast Division (with 15 wins so far). You can learn more about it in this video, which delightfully includes a song by the Beastie Boys.
From the Southampton Press:
Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.
According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.
As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”
He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?
Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.
Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.
The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.
“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told NJ.com. “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”
At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.
The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.
Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.