No. 2: The Cellys
My god, the cellys.
A celebration in the NHL is like no other. In an era where football players have some creative, albeit extremely odd, ways to showboat, they’ve got zippo on the hockey celly.
There’s something marvelous about watching grown adults on skates act like over-sugared toddlers. These alone should keep you watching for the entire season, but if you’re just turning out for playoff runs, strap in with anything you can find.
Because they are hilarious.
And absolutely classic.
Maybe what makes them so great is that fans get to feel as though they’re actually a part of it. After chewing nails off in a critical moment, it’s human instinct (and fun!) to jump out of one’s seat and scream like an angry orangutan. Which is honestly a personal favorite pastime of time.
But that’s just regular season talk.
If you’ve ever wanted to witness 18,000 people in serious need of heart medication, look no further than what’s coming April to June. And when the game ends in double or triple overtime? There are zoos that don’t even condone this level of excitement.
Those feels of triumph or the incredible gut-punch in a Game 7 are what we look forward to. Maybe we’re twisted, although mom just calls us a hockey nut. Even the actual over-sugared toddlers are getting in on the celly.
Heck, the face-plant at the end may just sum up your favorite team’s year. See, we told you there was something for everyone.