Hurricanes’ Williams says team will stop ‘Storm Surge’ celebrations

HC at Noon debate on whether it’s the right decision by Justin Williams and the Hurricanes to officially stop Storm Surge after the regular season, even if it is still the best way to interact with their fans.

If you’re a fan of the Carolina Hurricanes‘ infamous post-game celebrations, you’re not going to like hearing this.

The team is going to stop their Storm Surge following home games, captain Justin Williams announced on Twitter.

Williams explained that, win or lose, the final Storm Surge will take place Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

The Hurricanes have six games remaining in the regular season as they look to maintain their spot as the top wild-card team in the Eastern Conference. Carolina is four points back of the Metropolitan Division rival Penguins and Islanders and hold a game in hand on both.

It’s unclear if the Storm Surge will make a return in the post-season should the team manage to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2009.

Although the creative celebrations have been criticized by Don Cherry, Brian Burke and some others from the hockey world.

“These guys to me are jerks,” Cherry said of the Hurricanes back in February during his Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “And I’ll tell you one thing, they better not do this in the playoffs. This is a joke. … You don’t do this thing in the National Hockey League. This is professional hockey. Are these guys jerks or something?”

The Hurricanes then used Cherry’s soundbite as a marketing tool and even created novelty t-shirts.

The celebrations, all of which begin with a Skol clap, have gotten more complex and entertaining over the course of the season.

Here are some Storm Surge examples from the past several months…

Hurricanes Go Fishing

Hurricanes Drop Like Dominoes

Hurricanes Breakout The Limbo

Hurricanes Go ‘Duck Hunting’

Travelling Fathers Storm Surge After Hurricanes’ Win

Hurricanes Go Bowling

Hurricanes Go Curling

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