Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/25/12 at 08:02 PM ET
Iit wasn’t a Wings/Canadiens game on Hockey Night in Canada without Dany Gallivan.
Gallivan was known for his colourful descriptions of action on the ice. Hard shots became “cannonading drives”; saves were “scintillating” or “larcenous” rather than merely spectacular; and, after a save, pucks tended to get caught in a goalie’s “paraphernalia” (goalie equipment). If the goaltender made a fantastic or impossible save, he would refer to it as a “hair raising save” or that the goalie “kicked out his pad in rapier-like fashion” to foil a “glorious scoring opportunity”. He would use words such as “anemic” to describe an ineffective offense or powerplay. He also coined phrases like “nowhere near the net”, when a shot would go wide, comment that “there has not been a multitudinous amount of shots” to describe a game with a “dire dearth” of shots on net, would mention that a defender was “wasting valuable seconds in the penalty” when they were ragging the puck, and would almost always announce, “and the penalty has expired!” at the end of a penalty. The ultimate Gallivanism was a word he coined: the “spinarama,” which described a player evading a check or when a player would deke a defender with a sudden 180- or 360-degree turn. Its chief practitioner was Montreal Canadiens defenceman, Serge Savard, so that the move was also known as “The Savardian Spinarama”. Many players were also known to “dipsy-doodle” with the puck, or come out of their own zone “rather gingerly”.
Like many hockey announcers, he would often shout when a goal was scored, but louder with the Montreal Canadiens. On the down-side, his style was unmodulated, nearly always intense, so that a near goal towards the end of a 7-1 game sounded similar as that of a 2-1 game.
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