Vincent Trocheck grew up idolizing Jaromir Jagr’s slick moves, but even he could never have predicted what music request Jagr had after a Florida Panthers victory in 2015.
How about a little “Poison” by Alice Cooper?
“He’s a great hockey player but a terrible DJ,” Trocheck wrote Tuesday in an article on The Players’ Tribune.
The Panthers forward touched on a several different topics throughout his article including his excitement upon finding out Jagr was traded to Florida, how he tried on several occasions to catch a glimpse of Jagr’s mullet when he played in Pittsburgh and playing on Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey in 2016.
Trocheck, 24, describes the under-23 squad at the World Cup of Hockey as “the sickest (the sickest) team of all-time (of all-time) and you can fight me about that.”
I’m not sure how everyone in the hockey community felt about the tournament — but being a part of Team NA was truly an amazing experience. I think people are going to look back on that group in 20 years and just be like, Uh … what? All those guys played on one team?
Trocheck also touches on this year’s edition of the Panthers and how, despite being in last place in the Eastern Conference, they feel good about their future.
We know we have a lot to experience as a young team. (Including welcoming Jágs back in January … with some Poison maybe?) But we’re ready to compete. We want to battle at the top of the division. We want to win a playoff series, and we know we’re capable of it.