Arizona Coyotes to their fans: Don’t do the wave

The Arizona Coyotes got early goals from Christian Dvorak, Jakob Chychrun and Radim Vrbata, to help them earn a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Coyotes also got help from a young goalie making his NHL debut.

The Wave. You either love it, or hate it completely.

The origin of the practice, where fans stand and throw their arms in the air before sitting back down again, therefore creating a moving “wave” around the arena/stadium, is disputed. But the first video documented occurrence of the wave took place in a New York Yankees/Oakland A’s playoff game in 1981, and was credited to being led by superfan Krazy George Henderson.

Today, the wave can be overdone and appears all over the place in many different venues. Still, it’s not something that has caught on with any regularity in the NHL — it’s mostly something you see at baseball games.

Which takes us to the Arizona Coyotes home game from Monday night.

Apparently, a group of fans tried to get a wave going at Gila River Arena. The Coyotes social media manager realized this, and moved to shut it down.

Well done, Coyotes.

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