Erik Condra remembers the first time he saw the video of Colin Greening dancing to Single Ladies.
“It was the season after he came out of college. It was in training camp and someone sent the video to the guys here and we all had a good laugh about it,” Condra said. “We always try and make him do it when we’re out and about. It’s a been a while since I’ve seen the video, so it’s good to see it again.”
The video is making the rounds again in the last 24 hours, after Greening was the hero in the Ottawa Senators 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Greening scored the winning goal with less than 30 seconds to play in regulation time and was named the first star of the game.
His celebration after scoring the goal against Ben Scrivens was full of energy and excitement — but certainly not as memorable as the music video from his senior year at Cornell.
The school gathered some of the top athletes in the spring of 2010 and had them appear in a music video for charity. They had a choreographer and shot the piece with some artistic flair. But all the production value didn’t stop his Ottawa teammates from having a little fun at his expense — especially the ones who just saw the video for the first time.
“I couldn’t believe it. It was almost awkward to watch,” said Marc Methot with a laugh. “You know that embarrassing feeling when you watch a video? Just seeing those dance moves, I don’t know if I’d have him on Dancing With The Stars.”
For his part, Greening laughs at the suggestion that he was trying to be a professional dancer in the segment. He appears multiple times in the video which runs 3:44, including an opening segment that identifies him by name.
“I’m clearly not a good dancer, as you can see in the video,” Greening said. “But that was just a fun thing we did for our senior prom to raise funds for the Finger Lakes Cancer Center. Everyone knew they were going to look silly in the video, but we all had fun with it.”
Greening had so much fun with it, that he even made it his signature song. When the Binghamton Senators won the Calder Cup back in 2011, the winger went on stage on danced to the Beyonce song in front of a crowd — a moment that was captured on YouTube as well.
Condra says that the original video re-surfacing this weekend means that his teammates will likely request Greening do the dance for them again.
“We haven’t had him do it lately. But now that we’ve remembered about it, I think we’ll have to get him to do it again.”
For the record, Greening says he has not asked that his goal song be changed to Single Ladies at Scotiabank Place. But if that song comes on the next time he scores a goal on home ice, you’ll know that his teammates will be laughing on the bench.