The introduction of the shootout to post-lockout NHL regular season games has had fans on their feet around the league since it debuted. This year, the Phoenix Coyotes game operations team has found a way to make it even more exciting by giving players the opportunity to choose a song before they attack the net.
In baseball venues across the country like Yankee Stadium we have long seen players approach the plate, and relievers charge out from the bullpen to a song that gets them pumped up. Whether it is Derek Jeter coming up to a Jay-Z song, or Padres reliever Trevor Hoffman igniting the crowd at Petco Park with “Hell’s Bells” from ACDC, fans can have their eyes closed and know what is happening.
So what does this mean for the Phoenix Coyotes? When most people hear “What Is Love” from the “A Night at the Roxbury” soundtrack they think of Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan nodding their heads at a nightclub from the Saturday Night Live skit that became a movie. Now they will know that Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has just made a huge save in a shootout.
For the snipers, the music comes on as they prepare to race in on the opposing teams netminder. Before shootout specialist Radim Vrbata
goes to his patented forehand-backhand-topshelf move, you will be rocking out to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Peter Mueller gets his extra energy kick from the Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping to Boston”, and then the rookie standout is ready to put one in the back of the net.
Check out the following selections from your favorite Coyotes and then you will know what song is coming when Head Coach Wayne Gretzky sends them on the ice. For those of you that were in attendance on Friday February 22nd, 2008 when the Coyotes lost a heartbreaker in the 12th round of a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche, many of these songs will be very familiar!Click here to check out the Shootout Edition and other mixes from your favorite Coyotes players.