|There's more to hockey sign language than this, really.|
Obvious things, like the picture of the Bruins' Andrew Ference (via Realtalkthemag.com) showing the Montreal fans where they rank in his heart are well, obvious.
Below is a handy guide to hockey player sign language with the gesture and what it really means.
- Holding both hands up - "I'm innocent."
- Holding both hands up after having their stick broken - "Hey Ref, I'm pretty sure my stick was in perfect working order before that slash, you might want to do something about that."
- Pointing at stands in the direction of the puck - "That should be a delay of game penalty" OR "Hey Ref, the puck went that way, just in case you missed it."
- Head randomly snaps back - "nothing happened but I'm hoping to draw a penalty."
- Eyes and mouth wide open with a look of pure disbelief - "You're calling something against me? I'm a god-damn angel."
- Player is doing cartwheels down the ice like a tumbleweed - "I'm really trying to draw a penalty." (Ryan Kesler only.)
- Quickly moving hands down which throws gloves off - "You insult my honor good Sir/I want to turn your face into mashed potatoes."
- Slams stick on ice/boards - "I made a mistake" OR "My team sucks."
- Head on dasher - "My team made a big mistake or just lost." OR a recent stick in the tender bits made them question their chosen profession.
- Rolling dice motion - "Wanna play D&D later?" OR (more likely) "yeah, yeah; Go stuff it."
- Putting hand to mouth or eye checking for blood - "Mr Referee, I'm pretty sure that you should give that guy a few more penalty minutes."
- Goalie throwing hands up - "Come on boys, quit screening me."
- Goalie taking a drink of water under the soft flashing red glow of a nearby light - Just got scored on.
- Gesture that sort of looks like someone is eating a banana - You know, I think that one is pretty self explanatory. And if not, I think Greg Wyshynski put it better than I can.