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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Better Fist Pump: Adam Burish or Jersey Shore’s The Situation?

Following five long months of waiting, Chicago Blackhawks forward Adam Burish made his return to the ice Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings. It was his season debut after missing 65 games due to a torn right ACL which he injured in a preseason match-up against the Minnesota Wild. For those who are unfamiliar with Adam Burish, he is the character of the Blackhawks team. Whether he’s taunting other teams or calling the Canadian Olympic hockey team the USA’s “little sister”, he’s always entertaining. That’s why it’s no surprise he came back in style.

After assisting Patrick Sharp on a goal in the first period, Burish found the opponent he was looking for — Richard Clune. Burish told ESPN 1000 Chicago that he was planning the scrap all along and that he had looked over the King’s lineup to find the guy who likes to fight. The real treat came after the brawl was finished and both players had received their penalties. Burish was skating to the penalty box and celebrated by fist pumping. Burish described the feeling of fist pumping for the sold out United Center to ESPN 1000’s Afternoon Saloon:

“It was unbelievable, I got chills as I was skating to the penalty box and once I sat down and heard that [the crowd cheering], it was just emotional for me…

So the real question here is who’s got the better fist pump? Is Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” the true fist pump master, or is it Adam Burish, the Blackhawks’ engeric forward? I can’t really answer who the supreme fist pumping master is, but I can tell you that Burish had a whole lot of heart behind his.

Afternoon Saloon interview with Adam Burish [ESPN 1000]
ESPN’s Jesse Rodgers on Burish’s Return [ESPN Chicago]

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