Goal nuts! The Hawks and their celebrations
In the midst of being mobbed by his teammates, Seabrook looked toward the rafters at United Center with an expression like he'd just won the lottery. It was exactly how you'd expect a guy to look after scoring the goal that ended a classic Stanley Cup playoffs series in overtime of a Game 7. But not all goal celebrations—or "cellies," as players call them—are built the same.
What makes them good or bad? RedEye asks the experts, aka the Blackhawks.
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What's your favorite goal celebration?
I just get excited. For some reason, I always just go to the glass and hit the glass and get the fans going.
Fans hit the glass back usually, right?
Oh yeah, sometimes there will be a quick high-five in there if they're ready for it.
You ever see any celebrities in the front row?
I haven't yet and I was hoping I'd see Vince Vaughn at some point. That'd be awesome, actually. I'd know Vince Vaughn. I'd pick him out. He's one of my favorite actors. I'd be pretty pumped.
Do guys sit around and think up celebration moves?
Well, you see Hossa do his fist-pump sort of thing and Kaner do his arm swings … usually you do it once and then it gets to be like an automatic reaction afterward. I feel like it turns into a trademark.
Who has the best?
I think Kaner does. His is pretty awesome.
Is that because he gets a lot of practice?
Yeah, he scores all the time so his is nice. Guys like me … you just get excited and do whatever pops into your head. You just react. You don't really think about what you're going to do.
What would take it over the line?
If you're going to go real crazy, it has to be a huge goal, a real important goal … and probably at home. You can't be doing that stuff on the road all the time.
What's your favorite that you've ever seen?
I think it was Theo Fleury sliding to center ice on his knees to win a playoff series, but I like the old [Jaromir] Jagr Salute, too. That was a trademark.