It has been a solid summer for hockey in Australia. First, native son Nathan Walker was the first Aussie ever to be selected in the NHL Draft when the Washington Capitals took him in the third round this year. Now, the Australian Ice Hockey League may have just produced the goal celebration of the year.
Ric Del Basso, a native Australian himself, scored the game-winning goal for the Perth Thunder in a shootout against the Melbourne Ice. To celebrate the goal, the Perth native went for what seemed to be the typical slide on the stomach and go for a swim celebration. That was until Del Basso turned that celebration on its head… literally.
He just about slid from the blue line to the red line on his head and luckily didn't break his neck in the process. Kids, don't try this at the local rink unless you want to give the manager a heart attack.
Del Basso doesn't have any goals in regulation this year and only has three in his 65-game AIHL career, so this may have been just rare enough of an occurrence to warrant such a celebration.