March Madness on skates: Carolina Hurricanes celebrate victory with a slam dunk

NHL players are known for doing impressive things on skates.

But playing basketball?

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk executed a pretty good dribble and dunk — on skates, no less — as his team celebrated its 5-1 rout of the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

The Storm Surge, the Hurricanes' post-win celebration that has thrilled fans and angered Hockey Night in Canada studio analyst Don Cherry, began this season with players clapping then skating down the ice and jumping into the boards.

It has become more much involved with each win, including a game of duck, duck, goose, bowling, curling and even a boxing match with Evander Holyfield.


So with the NCAA tournament going on and local college teams Duke and North Carolina still alive, why not try a March Madness theme?

Yeah, there was a little traveling before van Riemsdyk goes airborne, but it seems to get missed in real basketball, too.

Besides, the fans love it — and for a reason. With the win, the Hurricanes remain solidly in a playoff position as they try to end a nine-season postseason drought.

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