Defenseman Sean de Herder ’16 (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.), a member of Nazareth’s new hockey team, understands hockey etiquette inside and out. In these excerpts from his essay for English 101, he explains popular celebration moves known as “cellys.”
"A good celly is simple, yet meaningful, while a celly that is too flashy will not go over well with the opposition. One goal, with a proper celly, can deteriorate an entire opposing team if executed properly."
"If you score a meaningful goal in the game— one that either pulls your team within a goal, ties a game, or puts you up by a goal-- that hits the crossbar and goes straight down, also known as “bar down,” a good celly for this situation would be the bow and arrow. The bow and arrow celly is when you skate towards the glass, drop down on your right knee in a lunge holding your stick vertically with your left arm straight, as if your stick were a bow. At this time you reach over your right shoulder with your right hand, as if your reaching for an arrow, and then pull your right hand over the top in a sweeping motion to touch your right hand with your straightened left."