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Storm Surge could be back for Hurricanes, Foegele says

Award-winning postgame celebration part of season that reached conference final

by Mike Battaglino / Staff Writer

The Storm Surge helped push the Carolina Hurricanes to the Eastern Conference Final last season, so it makes sense that it might return this season.

Doesn't it?

"I guess you'll have to wait and find out," Carolina forward Warren Foegele told TSN this week.

The postgame celebrations, which won Best Celly in the 2019 NHL Fan Choice Awards, started after their first home win of last season, when the Hurricanes all jumped into the boards.

A different one followed each of their 24 home wins. Carolina did not continue them during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which it reached for the first time since 2009. The Hurricanes eliminated the Washington Capitals and swept the New York Islanders before being swept by the Boston Bruins one round short of the Stanley Cup Final.

When CBC commentator Don Cherry criticized the celebrations and called the Hurricanes "a bunch of jerks," it led to the sale of thousands of T-shirts and a motto that carried through the postseason.

Video: Ranking Hurricanes' top five Storm Surge celebrations

"It was huge (for our team), it was a lot of fun, and our fans loved it," Foegele said. "I think the whole thing we were trying to preach is 'Have fun.' This is a job that we're fortunate enough to play, but you have to have fun, and I think that was the big key from it."

Foegele created one of the most popular, mimicking the famous bat-flip playoff home run hit by Jose Bautista for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.

"I think it was my turn to come up with the idea, and just being from Toronto, I thought it would be fitting to do 'Joey Bats,'" Foegele said. "And I think baseball [spring training] was just starting, so you know, it was perfect timing for that."

Video: EDM@CAR: Foegele goes yard in latest Storm Surge

The brainchild of captain Justin Williams, who may be considering retirement as an unsigned free agent, the Storm Surge begins with a Skol Viking clap before a pre-planned activity, sometimes involving just the Hurricanes, other times including celebrities or props.

They played "Duck Hunt"; did the limbo; dunked on a basketball hoop during March Madness; were knocked out by Evander Holyfield; played dominos, curling and duck-duck-goose; and went bowling, among other celebrations.

There have to be more, right Warren?

"Yeah, we did have a couple good ones," Foegele said. "And like I said, I guess you'll have to find out and see."

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