NHL players choosing their own goal songs are all the rage in a sport that has always emphasized the team and downplayed the individual.
The Winnipeg team is among the latest clubs to let each player choose a song that will resonate in the arena after scoring.
“I think the fans loved it. The players definitely got it. They thought about it,” said Kyle Balharry, senior director of game presentation at True North Sports.
“It brings a lot of personality to the game.”
Winnipeg Jet pick Sam Gagné — Mr Brightside by the Killers – has fans “singing it like crazy,” Balharry said.
Player picks are generating buzz on social media as fans dissect both musical tastes and how a player’s choice reflects their personality.
“Music is always a hot topic, isn’t it? said Balharry. “It’s impossible to please everyone, but it definitely sparks conversation.”
A team song rings out in every NHL arena after the home team scores.
In Calgary, it’s AC/DC DTT The Toronto one is You make my dreams come true by Hall and Oates. Vancouver’s is Simple Minds’ Don’t forget me (forget me).
Winnipeg is not giving up on this ritual.
The timeline is the Goal Horn, followed by the Jets Goal Anthem I will celebrate by the Phantoms, the blast of a jet engine, then the player’s song.
This sequence gives the internal DJ just enough time to locate the player’s song.
“In hockey, it happens so fast. Probably one of the struggles for years and the reluctance of hockey teams, including myself and the Jets, is how to execute that,” Balharry said.
“On our dashboard, when you watch the replay, a graphic will appear that says, ‘This is my song’ and we’ll show the player and they’ll show which song they chose,” he continued.
“Then we will also put a QR code. People can hold their phone and download the Spotify list.”
The Jets joined the Florida Panthers in adopting custom goal songs this season.
The Buffalo Sabers introduced iconic songs last season after the San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals in 2020.
Buffalo’s Playlist 2.0 offers some throwbacks.
Sabers forward Jeff Skinner changed his Miley Cyrus goal song Party in the United States last season at the most retro-pop I want to dance with someone by Whitney Houston.
“I just picked one that was kind of a sing-along karaoke song,” the 30-year-old Toronto native said.
“For me, it’s a classic. Every time I go to a wedding or a party, it’s usually the one that gets people going.”
Sabers defender Victor Olofsson was born 16 years after Abba’s release Give me ! Give me ! Give me ! (A man after midnight)but the vintage dance hit from 1979 is her pick at KeyBank Center.
“I just needed something Swedish,” Olofsson said. “I guess I said to my girlfriend this summer, I probably want something a little more Swedish, and she came up with the Abba song. It’s just a good song.”
Instead of choosing their own songs, Flames players are assigned the following music DTT at the Saddledome.
“The Flames chose one for me, the AC Milan theme song,” said Calgary winger Milan Lucic. “They did a really good job, so I’ll stick with whoever they chose.”
The Vancouver Canucks were the first to adopt custom goal songs in 2015, but abandoned the practice after a few seasons.
“I don’t score enough to get my own goal song, that’s for sure,” Canucks forward Luke Schenn said. “I usually ask who [the puck] knocked on entering.”
For decades, baseball players have chosen the songs that play when they walk to home plate for their at bat.
NBA players have signature riffs after scoring, like Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet Yabba Dabba Doo.
The NHL has been slower to embrace an element of in-house entertainment celebrating individual contributions.
“Hockey in particular has been like that, focusing more on team building than individuals,” Lucic said.
“The difference is also that you know you’re going to come up to bat, but you don’t know you’re going to score every night, so maybe it has a bit to do with that too.
“Thinking about the guys who come out at bat, especially when I was at [Boston’s] Fenway going to games, it was pretty cool to see what songs the guys were picking and what songs the guys were liking. I think it’s good that there is this individuality now in hockey. »
Canucks captain Bo Horvat, whose goal song in 2016-17 was by Young Jeezy Puttakes an opposite point of view.
“I like having a team song,” Horvat said. “It’s not about me. [Scoring’s] not an individualized thing. It’s a team effort when someone scores, so having a team song is what I like.”
Maple Leafs players don’t choose their own goal songs, but 39-year-old defenseman Mark Giordano says he’ll go with Jay-Z Forever Young.
Toronto winger Michael Bunting has landed at Meek Mill’s I am a bossbut felt that bandmate Mitch Marner’s musical tastes were too broad to predict.
“Mitchy would be everywhere,” thought Bunting. “Maybe a little Taylor Swift or something light.”
Had he had the option during his playing career from 1979 to 1986, Flames head coach Darryl Sutter would have chosen Kris Kristofferson’s 1970 classic. Sunday morning ‘comin’ down.
“Just listen to it,” Sutter said.