Somewhere out there, Don Cherry is fuming.
And we're not talking about another of the Don's garish suit jackets.
Rather, when he sees some of the footage of Russian hockey superstar Alexander Ovechkin captured this week in Las Vegas by game developers Take Two Interactive Software for next season's NHL 2K10 video game, he's likely to pop one of those six inch collars.
Remember the whole "fire stick" incident?
Back in March, Overchkin notched his 50th goal of the season in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Never one to shy away from celebratory theatrics, Mr. Ovechkin dropped his stick to the ice and pretended to warm his hands over it.
Hot hands, indeed.
Of course, Cherry slammed Ovechkin's antics on Coach's Corner as mere hot dogging, suggesting such celebrations are better off left out of the NHL.
Well, it appears that Take Two may be looking to preserve the "fire stick" celebration in video game immortality.
As the following video shows, Ovechkin was in Las Vegas this week doing some motion capture work for the next year's NHL 2K10 hockey game (he is also slated to appear on the cover) with Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks prior to the NHL awards show.
Decked out with mini-sensors all over his body to capture the way he skates and moves, Ovechkin reprised his now infamous celebration for the Take Two cameras.
Check out the video around the 40-second mark.
I'll leave the debate over Ovechkin's sportsmanship and whether hockey is better or worse off with these kinds of antics to the Sports pages, but all I can say is that if this celebration is available in NHL 2K10, I'm not going to be the only one using it to mock my opponent after scoring a sick goal.
More video footage from the event, courtesy of Yahoo Sports.
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