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.
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
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.
- 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:
- 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.