Superstitious Feeling

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Hockey players can be a superstitious lot. Many players will wear the same T-shirt, socks or even underwear long past their expiry date, all in the name of luck. Others need to put on their equipment in exactly the same order every time. Some guys will find a lucky stick and use it until it literally falls apart.


Players will do almost anything if they believe it will give them an advantage, even if it goes beyond any rational reasoning.  Some need to be the first or last player on/off the ice. Others will tap the goalies pads a certain way or number of times after the warm up. 

Don’t ever let sticks get crossed in the dressing room, that’s a bad omen and you’ll lose the game for sure.  During winning streaks, nothing gets changed, no matter how smelly, gross or weird it gets.  Let’s not even get into the whole playoff beard thing.

For some players, wearing a certain number means everything. Somehow they’re convinced that they play better when they wear a particular number.  Players have been known to even buy their “lucky” number when traded to another team and their number is already taken.  It is a very big deal to some players.

Of course there will always be players that scoff at superstition. You never used to see the number 13 on the ice. Some current NHL players who wear number 13 include: Mats Sundin, Pavel Datsyuk, Mike Cammalleri, Ray Whitney, Bill Guerin, Slava Kozlov, Nik Zherdev and Dan Carcillo.

Even teams can get into the act. It seemed that whenever Kate Smith sang before the big game, the Philadelphia Flyers would win. Live or recorded, it didn’t seem to matter. Now, whenever there is an important game, you will hear Kate Smith belting out God Bless America. 

As fans of hockey, we know that you never utter the word “shut-out” during a hockey game, especially in the third period.  You won’t hear a hockey broadcaster say the “S” word on television after two periods of a game if there’s a zero on the scoreboard.  It’s just an unwritten rule.

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Anyone remember the Sports Illustrated (SI) Cover Curse? There was so much written about the curse that SI investigated and discovered that 37% of the cover personalities suffered what could be considered a jinx.

Sports fans know no boundaries when it comes to taking responsibility for their favourite player or team’s performance.  I have a friend who almost never watches his favourite team play for fear of jinxing them. It seems that one day he was changing channels between games and it seemed that whenever he flipped back to watch his team, they were scored upon.  It only took a couple of times before it became a superstition.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him, it’s just the way the Leafs are, it’s not his fault.

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