Evander Holyfield adds punch to Carolina Hurricanes' postgame celebration

Evander Holyfield (Getty Images)

The Hurricanes’ “Storm Surge” victory celebration Friday night got Real.

Carolina brought former heavyweight boxing champion Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield onto the ice after the club downed St. Louis 5-2 in Raleigh. Naturally, there were faux fisticuffs.

A closer look at the “knockout” blow. Great sell, Jordan Martinook:

The Canes’ center-ice production has gained a lot of fans — and one vocal hater. “Hockey Night in Canada” commentator Don Cherry called Carolina’s players a “bunch of jerks” for their demonstrations. Team owner Tom Dundon defended his guys against Cherry, and the phrase has been immortalized on T-shirts. 

Of greater importance, Carolina is now in third place in the Metropolitan Division with 76 points, and it’s just five points behind the division’s top two clubs, the Islanders and Capitals. The Hurricanes own an 18-10-4 home record, meaning they will have at least nine more chances between now and the end of the regular season to celebrate.

And if the standings hold, the Canes will be in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Get those postseason celebration ideas ready.