The Carolina Hurricanes’ post-game win celebration on home ice is nothing like the NHL has ever seen.
After standing near center ice, Hurricanes players Skol clap and then rush the length of the ice and slam into the glass at the other end.
NHL players generally salute their fans with sticks held in the air and slowly skate their way off after a win. The Hurricanes’ celebration is unusual, and that’s what has made it enjoyable for fans.
But not everyone likes it.
“I don’t think it’s professional,” former longtime NHL executive and current Sportsnet analyst Brian Burke said on 590 The Fan. “I don’t think it belongs in our league. If the people in Carolina like it, great.”
Burke, 63, most recently spent time in the Calgary Flames’ front office and also was the Maple Leafs’ team president and general manager from 2008-13 and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Burke has been involved in professional hockey for more than 40 years — including as an American Hockey League player, agent and NHL league executive.
He has never been one to hold back his feelings.
Thus, Burke continued.
“I think it’s absurdly amateurish, pee-wee garbage stuff,” Burke said.
“They like it — terrific. Stay and watch it. Clap. Have another beer and stay and watch them swim or canoe or whatever they’re going to do next. I’m not watching.”
The Hurricanes have not made the playoffs since 2009 and sought to change the culture under first-year coach Rod Brind’Amour.
“The stick wave at the end got a little stale, a little monotonous, it was like we had to do it,” forward Justin Williams told USA TODAY Sports in October. “This adds a different element to it. Hockey is fun. We win a game we want to celebrate.”
Even Brind’Amour has approved.
“Why not enjoy a couple of minutes with the fans, giving them something so they can go home with a smile on their face?” Brind’Amour said.
The Hurricanes are 10-8-3 with a 6-4-2 record at home.
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