The top 5 most random best things about hockey

1. Goalie Fights

In the hockey world, goalies are usually the string beans. They have to be super tall to cover as much of the net as they can (seriously, they have nicknames like “Stork” and the tallest is 6’7”) but usually don’t have the bulk of say, defensemen. However, some of the most entertaining and anticipated fights are between two peeved goalies. What makes it even better is their excessive amount of padding, which make them kind of look like Baymax from Big Hero 6.

 

 

  1. Zambonis

When I was little, I either wanted to be a sunset photographer or a Zamboni driver. Clearly I was a weird kid, but Zambonis are pretty cool. They were invented by Frank Zamboni, a refrigeration/ice businessman who capitalized on the growing popularity of skating in the 40’s. Previously, ice resurfacing (scraping a clean cut and refreezing the surface) took up to an hour using a tractor. By 1949, he had a working model and a patent for his invention.

Today his company still has the corner on the ice resurfacing market, and my backup plan is still to become a Zamboni driver

 

  1. Hugs

Ok, I known I’ve portrayed to hockey to be a brutal, fight-driven sport, but I promise it can be pretty adorable too. A well timed-goal or good game is always rewarded with a hug.

Just look at all that excitement and team bonding (actually, there is science to prove that teams who have more positive physical contact like hugs actually perform better and with more cohesion, endorphins and chemical processes in the brain blah blah blah).

There are even some hugs so famous they get their own special mention. Here we have Sergei Bobrovsky and Nick Foligno, who take hugs to the next level. Every game they go above and beyond the cute call of duty, and the fans love it.

 

  1. Skate failure and other times when yes, ice is slippery

NHLers are some of the most graceful pro athletes around, combining power and grace to effortless glide across the ice. Which makes it downright hilarious when they lose a blade and are suddenly reduced to the skating ability of an excited puppy. Don’t believe me? Compare for yourself:

 

  1. Don Cherry

How can I begin to explain Don Cherry? Nothing I could say can do him justice, but I’ll try to capture his personality as best I can. Don Cherry is a longtime notorious hockey announcer, and his suits always look like a piñata threw up on them. He has the attitude and bedside manner of a grizzly bear woken up mid-hibernation. He will say whatever the hell he wants, whenever he wants, and even the most notorious enforcers won’t dare to contradict him. His broadcasts are a perfect example of biased media, but it’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion, you can’t look away.

 

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  16. Also, GO PENS!

  17. ice skating is fun and I can relate to the overexcited puppy! Another thing about hockey is when you watch it live you see some of the hits and wonder how isn’t that considered a foul? Which hits in hockey are too hard?
    I want to sit in the student section for a hockey game at some point. Sitting in the band is great too though.

  18. Karam J. Salameh

    I’ve never played hockey, nor ice skated for that matter. Yet, I love watching hockey. It’s like soccer but faster and more action-packed. I also enjoy the finesse involved, as well as the occasional fights and big hits. One thing I would add to this list are the names. This gets me laughing every time haha http://i.imgur.com/YpKvyEL.jpg

  19. I used to play hockey goalie, but, while I was many things, 6’7” was certainly not one of them. At 5’7” my reflexes were put to the test. Suffice to say, I stayed far away to goalie fights. I love your countdown of what makes hockey the best sport in the world. If I fail out of college I think I will become a Zamboni driver.

  20. I have never been into hockey, but this post had me laughing out loud! I especially love Don Cherry’s fashion sense (werk it, mister). Was really nice to read an article about sports that didn’t scare me away! Happy THON weekend!

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