Last season, Mathieu Perreault made Washington Capitals shootout victories a bit more memorable with his bench freak-outs, which we dubbed the #PerryCelly. It became A Thing. A bit less known, however, was the knowledge the whole #PerryCelly thing came about because of Karl Alzner.
One night, Alzner and Perreault were watching the YouTubes, as humans are like to do. They came across Peter Dill, a basketball player for Seton Hall. Dill was not very good– he tallied just a single basket in two years playing for the school– but boy did he get excited when his team scored.
“The guy would just go crazy, pretend he had Thor’s Hammer and he’d be smashing the ground,” Alzner told Chris Gordon last season. “Perry, I could just see his eyes, like ‘this is awesome!’”
“We should do that after we win games,” Perreault responded.
Perreault followed through on this promise after a shootout win over the Sabres, shaking and woo-ing with both his gloves up. A few games after that, the Caps beat the Islanders and Perreault did it again. Karl Alzner joined in that time, doing some mimed archery from the bench. No one really noticed, so Alzner gave up trying to keep up with the more popular gesticulations of his tiny, French Canadian teammate.
On Tuesday night, Alzner tried again. Perreault was gone, traded to the Ducks before the season started. Someone had to continue the tradition.
After Martin Erat scored, giving the Capitals a 5-4 shootout win, Alzner extended his Bauer stick, reached for an imaginary bow behind his back, and fired at the TSN camera.
GIF by Ian Oland
We call it the #AlzyCelly.
Watch the GIF closely. Jason Chimera gives Tom Wilson a shove of love. Steve Oleksy high-fives John Erskine. Poor Nate Schmidt has no idea what’s going on. Schmidt tries to hug Alzner, but no: Karl is very busy right now thank you. He is channeling his inner-Katniss Everdeen. Let him finish and he will get back to you.
Props to Karl Alzner for keeping the tradition going. Please give this story a bunch of attention so he keeps doing it forever.
Thanks to @AGallanzo for first noticing.