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Who Started The Fly-By Celebration?

from Matt Dade of TSN,

The fly-by. Five guys skating by the bench for high fives after a goal. Ubiquitous in NHL arenas.

When did it begin?

I wanted to find out, so I called Darcy Tucker.

We'd heard that Vancouver Giants head coach Don Hay has said he thinks the three-time Memorial Cup champion Kamloops Blazers – his former team – may have started the trend in the early 90's.

Tucker remembers doing the fly-by, but not starting it. Ryan Huska, a former Blazer teammate and current Kelowna Rockets head coach, said the same.

Drew Bannister played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the '92 Memorial Cup final against Kamloops. He says the Hounds were already doing the fly-by themselves, as were other OHL teams.


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The flyby looks like a junior hockey move.

Posted by timbits on 11/05/13 at 09:37 PM ET


Agreed.  Attended a lot of OHL St. Mike’s Majors games beginning around 1996, 1997, and all the junior teams did the flyby.  For some reason, we hated it.  Still don’t like.  Recall us discussing how long it would take it the move to reach the NHL.  Didn’t have to wait long.

Posted by Mick Kern on 11/05/13 at 11:12 PM ET

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Guys are throwing themselves into opponents’ heads.  We have goalies coming down the ice and assaulting unwilling fight partners.  And yet now for the second time in a few days I see something related to post-goal celebrations?

Seriously?  Fans might be the only ones more dinosaur-ish than the people running the League.

Posted by Primis on 11/05/13 at 11:26 PM ET


Relax.  It’s a fun article.

Posted by Mick Kern on 11/06/13 at 12:28 AM ET

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