Everyone loves a good goal celebration. Yet, sometimes, a player’s excitement may get the best of him. That was the case with Boston’s Andrew Ference, who, after scoring a playoff goal against the Montreal Canadiens in 2011, raised the middle finger of his left glove to fans.
“I was pumping my
fist,” he claimed. “I’m not giving anybody the bird or anything like that.”
We're not sure what was more unprofessional; raising the middle finger to the fans or trying to get the media to believe his lie afterwards. It's pretty hard to accidentally raise your middle finger when you have hockey gloves on. Ference could have at least just owned up to it and apologized for his actions.
Perhaps Ference should’ve just stuck to chirping. Boston coach Claude Julien stood by his defenseman, but the NHL wasn’t so kind. The league slapped him with a $5,000 fine.