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|Now that's a goal celebration.|
It is remarkable what a celebration tells us about the scorer. Alan Shearer's macho outstretched arm is so Alan Shearer that he patented it. The brilliantly understated Colin Bell just about raised a hand in acknowledgment - a bashful thanks rather than a victorious salute. Denis Law celebrated with one finger in the air - stylish but modest - until he scored for City against United to relegate them and marked it with a grief-stricken tear. Samuel Eto'o followed a goal at Real Madrid's Bernabéu with a Black Power salute.
So let's think here. Playing off Simon's tee shot, what can we come up with for hockey? Corey Schneider put this Youtube compilation together (skip ahead to about the 1:45 mark for the actual top 10 hockey goal celebrations, unless you want to sit through another dose of hits and fights and *cringe* Chumbawumba).
Of that bunch, Milan Hejduk gets my nod. But what about this one? Here's a hint - Signature moment, and the in-the-air flourish looks on one level to be merely the finishing move - but the puck's already in the net. That's a celebration, even if it's not as separated from the actual goal as Hejduk's, or Tiger Williams, or Sean Avery doing Jack Palance (pick it up around the 3:30 mark, and RIP, Jack).