Every man should have an anthem.
Mine would be 'Just Can't Get Enough' by Depeche Mode...No, 'Little Bones' The Tragically Hip. Or maybe...hmmm, I can't friggin' decide. You?
Just imagine a blast of your favorite tune blaring as you stroll into the office or step to the front to run a PowerPoint presentation.
Wrestlers have these.
MLB batsmen have these.
...the President of the United States has one. You know, that 'Ba-bam-ba-ba-bam...' (Hail to the Chief) thing.
Well, the question I popped on the players was this; if there were a song that was your theme music, your announcement...your goal celebration, what would that song be?
Here is the enthusiastic and eclectic mix of answers I received:
Lehtonen - The theme to Sportscenter (da-da-da...da-da-da). This would, I surmise, precede the highlight he was about to provide.
Bachman - 'Takin' Care of Business' Bachman Turner Overdrive
Grossman - 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Guns & Roses
Robidas - 'Where the Streets Have No Name' U2
Daley - 'Encore' JayZ
Morrow - 'Not Afraid' Eminem
Dowell - 'Bawitdaba' Kid Rock
Benn - 'Benny and the Jets' Sir Elton John
Burish - 'My Kinda Party' Jason Aldean
Petersen - 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' Def Leppard (cause he's a diabetic, and he loves irony)
Dvorak - 'Keeper of the 7 Keys' Helloween
Eriksson - 'Louie Louie' The Kingsmen
Wandell - 'Leave the World Behind' Axwell
Nystrom - 'Enter Sandman' Metallica
Pardy - 'Have a Drink On Me' AC/DC
Fistric - 'Jump' Van Halen
Ott - 'Till I Collapse' Eminem
Gologoski - 'Sail' AWOLNATION
Larsen - A DJ mix of club music
Fiddler - 'Indian Outlaw' Tim McGraw
Souray - informed me that 'he doesn't do gimmicks'...so we'll go with 'Holla' by Desiree Jackson
Ribeiro - 'Motto' Drake
Ryder - 'Not Afraid' Eminem
Vincour - said he would prefer fans stomp/clap/chanting 'We Will Rock You' Queen
After polling the players, and seeing their delight in picking a song, I think teams and the NHL should consider incorporating this into the game more - build a musical marriage between a player and a song.
I could see these unions being wonderful audio-enhancement for Shootouts, player intros, and after goals are scored.
Success should have a soundtrack. (And so should failure. See - 'The Darkness Music')
And did you notice, no Madonna!!!!!