He argued that the American press did not take the NHL seriously, and Nielson’s towel antics reinforced the idea that hockey wasn’t a big-league sport.The writer advised that: “The best thing would be for Neilson to issue an official public apology, and for everyone involved to forget about it.” But Neilson’s act proved popular.Doll on loan from the Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame.Photo: Canadian Museum of History.reporter described Nielson’s actions as embarrassing.
The ritual of growing a playoff beard in the postseason is popularly believed to have begun with Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies and their teammates on the New York Islanders in the 1980s.
You can see Neilson’s commemorative towel, as well as handmade items and memorabilia belonging to super-fans.
Roger Neilson inspired Vancouver’s towel-waving ritual. Neilson finished his career as assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators. Towel on loan from the Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame.
Successfully in, his technique was to wait for an exciting movement, then pitch the octopus onto the ice. He told a reporter: “They never notice when I unzip the thing, slip out the octopus, rear back, and SPLAT!
There she is at centre ice, with all the players poking at it as if it’s going to explode.” After Jerry died in a car accident, Pete took over the tradition.