He didn't turn his stick into a pretend guitar or drop it like it was on fire, but Brent Seabrook's celebration following his overtime goal to beat Detroit in overtime Wednesday was memorable.
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.
Do you have any go-to celebration moves?
When I first started scoring, I was all about the big fist pump and a huge, loud scream—like a primal scream just to kind of let out some frustration or relief or whatever it is—excitement. Over the years, I've toned it down quite a bit. I leave all that fist-pumping and skating around to Patrick Kane.
Whatever happened to the 2010 celebration, the two arms up, looking skyward reaction?
I scored the biggest goal of my career, Game 6 against Philly. … I scored the tying goal, which was a real big goal for the team and myself. So, I just kind of let out, I don't know, a big relief. I had my arms open and I just kind of looked up to the sky. That was a fun celebration.
Do you think goal celebrations can go overboard?
Yes. If you score the sixth goal in a 6-1 win and you're skating around the ice like an idiot, then I think that's over the line. Same thing if you score the first goal in a 6-1 loss. I think there's a time and place for it. A lot of the big celebrations I've had have been in this building [the United Center], because the crowd gets into it and it gets pretty loud. You lose control for that split-second.
What's an example of going over the line?
Well, the knee slide to center ice is a bit out-of-bounds if you ask me.
How about playing the stick guitar?
I wouldn't mind that stuff, but if somebody scored on us and they were playing the guitar with their stick, I might think differently.
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.
What's your go-to goal celebration move?
I don't have one really. I just get happy. It's nothing special.
How about when you played back in Sweden?
Oh yeah, back then we had more stuff like that going on. We had that kind of team and were doing more of that kind of stuff. Here, I don't know. [Patrick Kane's] got a pretty good one. I like the windmill one. [Marian Hossa's] got a nice one, too, the fist pump.
Any go-to goal celebrations?
Not really. I usually get too excited when I score, so I just kind of get my arms up in the air and then I realize I should probably do something—so there's a little delay there. I don't really have anything in particular, though. I'm not like Kaner, who's got a lot. He's at home working on his, you know?
Do some guys put more thought into it than others?
Well, when you score that many goals you should probably have something in your back pocket, I guess, but there are certain guys who like it more than others. It's a fun part of it and I know the fans love it.
Is there a line you don't want to cross?