Tuesday nights for me are spent at the arena,  not playing in  an actual rec league, but good old fashioned shinny. Dark jerseys on one side, lights in the other, drop the puck and go. It’s great times with great people but it’s still hockey, so no matter how friendly it is there is still some trash talking. Hockey players of all levels chirp on the ice for many different reasons: to brag, humiliate, break down, distract, threaten, or just plain make people within earshot laugh (a great chirp contains an element of each). Last night after scoring a goal, I was skating to the bench when a friend of mine named Kevin paid tribute to one of the greatest recorded chirps in NHL history. With four words, he took away the little joy I had from scoring the goal:

You’re a f*cking superstar Bellows

If you recognize the quote, you are probably laughing right now. If you have never heard it before, you probably think it sounds like a compliment. Trust me, it’s not! Because most amazing chirps between players contains some “interesting” language, we as fans rarely got to hear them (HBO’s 24/7 is changing that, but more on them later) . When a player is mic’ed up, we heard the safe “lets go boys” sound clip. Somehow an absolute gem slipped trough the cracks years ago and found its way to the glorious internet. Even if you have seen this video a million times, I can guarantee you will still click on it again. If this is your first time, I envy the wave of humour that you will be hit with.

(WARNING- this is definitely NSFW. Actually if there was a NSFW index, this would be the highest level it could be without actual boobs involved.  Throw on some ear buds if you are near sensitive employees, your mother, or Brian Bellows. )

Still think Kevin’s chirp was complimentary? Kevin Stevens and Bryan Trottier are relentless. This clip is so foul, and uses so many politically incorrect terms and words that Archie Bunker would have blushed.

Its not the only one we have been lucky enough to have heard, here are a few more of my favourites:
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There is that threaten chirp I was talking about earlier. Its tough to worry about where you should be on the ice when you also have to worry about “getting it”.

Because of HBO 24/7, we are seeing more uncensored on-ice chirps, but its Brad Richards response that makes this one so good

Sistito is throwing out the same old threats surrounded by F-Bombs, Richards shut him up with 4 amazing words “Fantasy Camp for you”. I love it.

Even back-up goalies get into the act

I think Biron is hilarious, and he has another great chirp on Crosby (I couldn’t find the video anywhere) where he mocks him for whining . I love that Biron relishes in the back-up role and still chirps guys from the bench.

And finally…this one does not involve any words, but the great Patrick Roy chirps with his eye after a big save on Tomas Sandstrom

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Matt Cooke with a questionable hit…but…you be the judge

Comments (11)

  1. I love it. Chirping is that game within the game that, when done against the right competitor, totally throws them off their game. Some nice clips there…

  2. Not on the ice but another classic Roy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCnNFNbcPvY

  3. I couldn’t find it anywhere on the internet, but one of my favorites was one that I caught at a Wild game and was an exchange between Cal Clutterbuck and Ryan Kesler that went something like this:

    Clutterbuck: You’re really brave. It must be really hard to play the game like you do.

    Kesler: How the f*ck is that?

    Clutterbuck: With your visor resting on your nose.

  4. The Canuck’s love to throw some terrible chirps, but I do believe 3 years ago, Kessler chirped Backes about his wife, before their eventual playoff meeting.. Still to this day those games are filled with physicality…

    As for the Cooke hit, he’s a Penguin, and the league/officials last night proved they’re not going to do anything to those divers. (James Neal with a blatant dive, get’s called on it, but Malkin’s blatant dive on Backes, was incredible how it was called a penalty on Backes) I thought Malkin should’ve been called for one penalty for retaliating, but there again, they only took 1 Blues player.

    I’m not going to complain about the refs, because you know a team like Pittsburgh, and the Red Wings, will receive prefferential treatment.. Look at Stuart’s fight with Chris Stewart of the Blues on Monday night on NBC Sports.. Red Wings Stuart’s jersey was clearly not tied down, hence Chris Stewart easily jersey’s the guy, but no game misconduct or penalty on Stuart, just a 5 minute for fighting, and 17 minutes to Chris Stewart.. LOL

    Again not complaining just proves the point don’t let the outcome of the game or whatever to the refs, players will need to police themselve the best they can before the refs jump in, and start tackling…

    ps December 31st game Pavel Datsuk had a much more violent hit on Jackman, and their was no penalty, or even a fine, or suspension.. Look at what they fined Doughty for at the end of the game on November 22nd for, his blatant shove of TJ Oshie into the boards as time expired.. It was a stupid play, which only brought a $2,500 fine.. Meanwhile other players are getting 3 games for 1st offense, others don’t even get looked at.. puzzling.. but that’s why they have fighting, even with the instigator rule (which I think needs to be ammended)

  5. I read a chirp by Clutterbuck on Bertuzzi where Bert threatened Clutter if he didn’t shut it, then Clutter asked him, ‘Are you gonna break my neck too?’

  6. God I love that Stevens and Trottier clip, the only way to really make it more foul is if they took a page out of Louis CK’s stand up and called him a faggotniggercunt.

  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNy-tQXy1vc Drew Doughty chirping the Canucks: “I’m gonna f*cking hipcheck the sh*t out of you”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1angy_kjuk Kesler and Burrows chirping David Backes about his wife.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJs4X3w5vgM Also, this one from 24/7 when MAF chirps his teammates during a practice is always awesome.

  8. That Cooke hit was REALLY well embellished. Jackman knew exactly who was coming in on him and then spun into the boards when he got touched. Hell, Jackman is already doing his best impersonation of a fetus before he hits the ground. Lame

  9. ruutu calling poti a nerd always cheers me up


  10. I enjoyed Mike Rupp calling Shelley irrelevant on 24 7 (cant find the clip)

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