What NHL team has the best goal song?


Nazem Kadri, happy. (Nathan Denette/CP)

As a hockey fan, there is no greater moment than when your team scores.

The lamp glows red, the horn blares, the crowd erupts, the beer sloshes out the top a bit, and the music shakes.

But it’s that last part — the arena’s song selection — that can enhance or hinder the euphoria.

Inspired by this fun goal-horn site, we’ve decided to research and rank all 30 teams’ goal songs, many of which are brand spankin’ new for 2014-15.

As a sneak peek into our Goal Song Power Rankings, here’s a little insight into the celebratory soundtracks for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals.

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Toronto Maple Leafs
“Let’s Shake” by Teenage Head

As with all Leafs decisions, 2014-15’s new goal song has drawn its share of both hate and love. “Let’s Shake” is fun and catchy and original — a massive improvement from that other “Shake” (Harlem) the Leafs used to celebrate to, no question. A grower, as the kids say.

Much like the Leafs’ bottom six, the role of goal song was up for grabs heading into this season. The team tried out a few candidates during the pre-season, including American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life (Remix),” and didn’t settle on the Teenage Head tune until their fifth home game, a victory on Oct. 25, when they hung four goals on the rival Bruins.

“Let’s Shake” was decided through a collaborative process between MLSE’s game presentation, creative services and marketing departments. “Teenage Head is a popular ’80s punk band from Hamilton, Ont.,” the team writes via email. “The Ontario connection and the structure of the song were a great fit.”

Not bad. But I have already made my case at length for what I believe should be Toronto’s goal song from here through eternity — and no one else uses it as such.

Washington Capitals
“The Wicker Man” by Iron Maiden

Michael Wurman heard this Iron Maiden “deep cut” back when he was running game ops for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000 and knew then it would make a great goal song. “I held it in my back pocket for all these years,” says Wurman, now Monumental Network’s director of network production and game content.

“I knew nobody was using it, and we were hoping to separate ourselves kinda like Chicago did with ‘Chelsea Dagger.’ It’s branded — that’s what I want.”

Iron Maiden made the leap from one of a handful of goal songs in the Caps’ rotation the last three seasons to solo status this October. “It’s an off-the-wall selection,” says Wurman, who interacts with fans about the in-game music via @CapsGameEnt. “That’s what I like about it.”

Bonus fun facts we learned about the Capitals’ music selections:

1.) Due to a sponsorship with a local advertiser, Washington used to play Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” if the home club scored a fifth goal in one night. And all the fans got free chicken wings. Is there a better combo than the Boss and suicide sauce? No, there is not.

2.) During the team’s 2011 playoff run, captain Alex Ovechkin went into the game presentation office, sat down with Wurman at the computer, called up Swedish House Mafia’s “One (Your Name)” on Youtube and asked him to play it every time the Caps took to the ice for introductions.

3.) Wurman started cuing up Johnny Cash’s “Big Bad John” every time 6-foot-4 John Erskine got into a scrap. The crowd ate it up.

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