Hockey Has a Bizarre New Controversy

Carolina embraces 'bunch of jerks' label for their post-win celebrations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2019 9:02 AM CST
Updated Feb 23, 2019 4:10 PM CST
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(Newser) – It is a pro sports controversy of the lighter variety. The Carolina Hurricanes are drawing all kinds of attention for their ever-crazier celebrations after victories at home. Typically, NHL teams gather at center ice after wins, salute their fans by raising their sticks, and ... that's it. Carolina goes way beyond that—care for a limbo, anyone?—and iconic broadcaster Don Cherry has called them out as a "bunch of jerks" for doing so. The Hurricanes are now selling "bunch of jerks" T-shirts. The details:

  • The celebrations: The Hurricanes call it the Storm Surge, and it began early in the season. Things started relatively simple: One player would lead the team in an overhead clap, or Skol clap, and then the players would skate down the ice and leap into the boards. Still, such a premeditated team celebration is "alien to hockey culture," notes Sports Illustrated.
  • Getting weirder: The celebration has evolved. See duck, duck, goose; bowling; human dominoes; and baseball.

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