Trash Talking: A Look at Some of Hockey’s Greatest Chirps

April 23rd, 2010 by Daniel Sallows Leave a reply »
Chirping is as much a part of the game of hockey as the Zamboni, power plays, and Donald S. Cherry.

It starts in minor hockey, and goes all the way up to the pros.

Though it may be looked down upon, it can have an ill effect on one's opponent, and take their head right out of the game.

Just look at the way New York Rangers winger Sean Avery got under the skin of Devils goaltender Marty Brodeur in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The future Hall-of-Fame tender said afterwards, "It was not an easy series, that's for sure. They did a great job of getting to me, getting in front of me and making my life tough out there."

And, he refused to shake the pesky Avery's hand after his New Jersey squad was eliminated in the first round by the Blueshirts.

There is nothing wrong with a little playful banter, especially if the end result is your team winning.

It doesn't always have to be harsh words either. A simple knock on a guy's inability to score can put a player over the edge.

Last season in the Western Hockey League, Los Angeles Kings prospect Thomas Hickey ...

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