Originally Posted by The Guvnah
Good lord, just let them celebrate. It's bad enough that every hockey player comes off as a robot during interviews. Let them at least have personalities on the ice!
I'll second this sentiment. Good Lord, taking away the pure joy of scoring by punishing those who dare show some emotion. Playing hockey should be fun and clamping down on celebrating after goals and even winning a hard fought emotional game will have a negative effect in some players minds.
Staged celebrations like Ovechkin warming his hands over his stick and the NFL's Sharpie-gate are way too over the top for me. I'd even say that what Yakupov did was a little excessive for scoring a game tying goal, but I watched that game and the Oilers were having some tough luck with the officials making questionable calls and even calling a goal back earlier on a bogus goalie interference call. It was an emotional goal, I mean I literally jumped off the couch and yelled. So I can see how excited the kid was to be the guy who scored that goal.
I'm not sure I follow why opponents feel disrespected when someone scores on you. Yeah, you feel horrible because you were just scored on/beat, but it just comes off as poor sportsmanship to beak off about a player celebrating a goal they just scored on your team. Disrespectful would be if they were to do it right in your face or say something inflammatory after scoring.
I would hate it if after every goal, team mates simply smiled touched gloves and went back to the face off dot to drop the puck again. Players need to enjoy the game, otherwise it becomes passionless and this game is anything but passionless.
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