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Fan Favorite Goal Songs in the NHL

Celebrating a goal for your favorite hockey team just wouldn’t be the same without their classic goal horn and song. We can thank then Chicago Blackhawks owner, Bill Wirtz, for installing a horn at the 1973 Stanley Cup Finals and sounding it after each Blackhawks goal. Since then, teams and fans have had their fun finding horns and songs that fire everyone up, on and off the ice. There is something special about the environment these songs create. Let’s talk about some fan favorite goal songs in the National Hockey League




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“Without Me” Eminem


If you know anything about Detroiters, you know nothing will keep them from supporting their own. It only makes sense that the Red Wings blast “Without Me” by Eminem, a Detroit native, everytime the team scores a goal. The song appeals to all ages and has fans singing it word for word after each goal. The Red Wings only recently made the song change from the classic “Let’s Go Red Wings” by Fred Coury and even changed their goal horn to a tune that brings longtime fans back to Joe Louis Arena. 


“Slapshot” Ray Castoldi


There may not be too many lyrics in the chorus of “Slapshot” but New York Rangers fans aren’t complaining. Shouting “Whoaaa” and “Hey Hey Hey” at the top of their lungs gets the fans’ energy levels right where they need to be inside Madison Square Garden. Written by Ray Castoldi, he was aiming for a winning song that would not air on the radio. Castoldi wanted a song that would never go unmistaken as the Rangers “signature.” The guitar intro and insane drumming might even make the opposing team want to join in on the fun!




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“Chelsea Dagger” The Fratellis


Something about The Fratellis will always get a crowd going, but nothing compares to the chorus of their song “Chelsea Dagger.” That classic guitar riff transports any hockey fan to a Chicago Blackhawks game in an instant. Back before the ‘07-08 season, the “Madhouse on Madison” was usually heard playing “Crowd Chant” by Joe Satriani, with a few exceptions for goals by star players. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by Scorpions used to play after Patrick Kane scored a goal and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” for Jonathan Toews. But during that season, the team knew they needed one song to bring everyone together and landed on “Chelsea Dagger.” 


“Lithium” Nirvana


Just like Detroit choosing Enimen, it seems right that the Seattle Kraken would choose a Nirvana song for each goal. Nirvana’s “Lithium” originally included a line “I like it. I’m not gonna crack” but Kraken fans can be heard modifying the lyrics to “I like it. Let’s Go Kraken.” The plan when searching for their perfect song was to find something Seattle locals could connect to. For many fans, Nirvana was once, if not still, one of their favorite bands and playing their song makes each goal that much more special. 




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“I Like It, I Love It” Tim McGraw and “Gold On the Ceiling” The Black Keys


The Nashville Predators stepped up their game when they chose not one, but two songs to play after a goal. The team mashed together “I Like It, I Love It” by Tim McGraw and “Gold On the Ceiling” by The Black Keys to create their perfect celebration song. Why pick just one when you can include one of the biggest country music stars of our time and represent your team color? Tim McGraw’s original lyrics, “Don’t know what it is about that little girl’s lovin” were even personalized with “Don’t know what it is about the Predators scorin.” 



Edited by Raegan Verhoff

Content created by Josephine Muller


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