This scene is familiar to all NHL fans. The puck crosses the line. As the goal horn sounds through the arena, the crowd roars. The beats of the goal song begin to play, signaling a celebration that is full-on and Pavlovian responses by those present.
New Yorkers can sing “whoa”, “hey,hey,hey,hey!” to “Slapshot,” composed by Ray Castoldi, MSG's music director..
The electrifying tallies of Mona's “Goons” song are followed in Tampa by the “heys”.And You can find the .
Planet Funk's “Chase The Sun” is the goal song in Denver. It follows the many, many goals of the city..
These are the stories behind these songs, which were performed by the remaining three Stanley Cup teams.
“Slapshot,” New York Rangers
Ray Castoldi's inspiration was the 1994 New York Rangers Stanley Cup champion, their first Cup win in 40 years.
“Everyone was thrilled. Castoldi, who was a member of Madison Square Garden's 1991 founding team, said: “Let's see if there is a Rangers signature song that nobody else has.”
“Slapshot,” which was created in 1995 with the Rangers' Stanley Cup banner, debuted. It replaces a saxophone driven tune by Ed Kalehoff who wrote the themes of “The Price Is Right”, “Double Dare” and other Rangers' Stanley Cup banners.
The song starts slowly, before the drums and vocals start to kick in. “You don’t want to jump into it immediately. Everyone is screaming and jumping around. The [goal] Castoldi stated that horns allow everyone to gain their bearings before they can sing together.
Anyone who has ever seen a Rangers home match knows what happens next: The crowd sings along to “whoa-oh ooooh” and the staccato “hey…hey…hey…hey…hey…hey,hey…hey! Castoldi claimed that the original song was still available, but that the arrangements have changed. “If you look back at the song in 1990s, the “heys!” “The ‘heys! ‘chant were first followed by the goal' chant. “I think flipping it really helped the chant catch on,” he stated.
Wait… what about the “goal” chant. Is it not also the “whoa?” Chant?
“This is one the mysteries. Social media is full of talk about “goal” or “whoa”. He said.
Castoldi claimed that Castoldi originally intended to sing “goal” because that is what the Rangers score. The recording however is “whoa!” Three to four people were in the studio recording the vocal tracks for the song. Castoldi explained that they tried singing “goal” in the chorus but it “just didn't sing so well.”
“Whoa-oh–oh” was much easier to make sound. He said that ‘Goaloh-oh was too strenuous.” “So, the record's ‘whoa. “So the record is ‘whoa.' But everyone, please sing ‘goal.'
Castoldi admitted that the song initially didn't attract fans. “It took a few decades for it to catch on. “It took a few years for it to catch on. I've gone back.‘s 500th goal. Although you hear the song, the crowd isn't actually chanting it back. He said that it took some time.
However, once they had it, they were able to enjoy it for many decades.
“It's great. It's amazing. I find it hard to believe that this is possible. Castoldi stated that it is a thrill to see something I wrote get so well received and come back at you with such passion.”
“It's a part of the fabric that the Rangers have become.”
Colorado Avalanche, “Chase The Sun”
Planet Funk's 2001 hit song, “Chase The Sun”, was released. It was a small hit for the Italian electronica collective. It was a popular sports song a few more years later.
Sky Sports adopted the song for its darts coverage. Fans who sing the song are able to hear it in the arena as part of tournaments. It is so famous.. It's just called “The Darts Song”, but it is still popular in the rest of the world.
The darts remix of “Chase The Sun”, which was first used by the Avalanche in 2017, is still the NHL's only use of the track. It is disappointing that the arena chose to use “Hey! Hey! Hey!” Instead of the “Oi! Oi! Oi!” one hears at darts.
“Goons,” Tampa Bay Lightning
Frank Sinatra is the inspiration for The Lightning's song, but perhaps not for what you think.
Nick Brown is the driving force behind Mona. The indie rock project was started by the Nashville-based musician. While working on Mona 2, he found a Sinatra quote that stuck with him.
I heard Frank Sinatra's quote about rock and roll. He stated that the rock and roll was not built to last, and that those who were doing it were “cretinous goons.” “And he was truly off about where the music was going.”
The 2013 release of the song “Goons [Baby. It All]” was made.
“Muhammad Ali was Muhammad Ali only for so long.” Brown stated that eras are important because they are temporary. It was this concept: Being aware of the fact that things change. Eras change.”
The song's catchy hook is undeniably rock inspired.
“It's always been an uplifting chant. It was about the importance of rock and rolling, which I saw as a songwriter. It's a victory song, which I love,” he stated. “Chants bring people together. Even going back to the time when we danced around fires, beating animal skins.”
The song was used by Lightning before they won 2020 Cup. Brown explained, “The way that I remember it was that somebody stumbled upon it and thought this would be great for a goal song.”
“I received fans calling me saying that they heard you on ESPN. I was shocked to hear that someone had stolen my song.
Brown explained that his songwriting is not always geared towards how the songs will sound in front of a crowd. However, he did say that it was possible to use this approach to songwriting.
“I have played at festivals and major shows around the world. He said that he finds it very powerful and interesting to hear the song in a different context and arena. “I can remember seeing a little boy reach out and grab his father and start chanting “Goons!” “I was amazed to see this.
The Lightning's historic run of success, which included back-to-back Stanley Cups, coincided with the use of “Goons”. Brown couldn’t help but notice.
“It made me a fan. They didn't have the records before they used my song. He laughed and said, “I'm attributing all that to the song.” “And hockey fans and teams are extremely superstitious, so they will probably not change that anytime soon.”