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Team North America wants Future, Drake goal song

23-and-under players big fans of rappers

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Team North America has a wish list for its goal song at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and it consists of only two rappers.

At World Cup Media Day on Thursday, the United States and Canada players age 23 and younger weighed in after the team Twitter account solicited fan help to determine its goal song.

Tweet from @TeamNA_WCH: Hey fans, we need a goal song for #WCH2016 in Toronto. Any suggestions? Reply with #TeamNA.

New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller chose "Low Life" by Atlanta-born rapper Future.

Shayne Gostisbehere, a defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers who was a 2016 Calder Trophy finalist, broadened the search, saying anything by Future would work. "Stick Talk" has a nice hockey ring to it.

"The team is really into him right now," Gostisbehere said.

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck said any song from Toronto native Drake would do because the World Cup is in the rapper's hometown.

Gridlock could have formed with the support of Drake and Future, but there are plenty of options for a compromise. Drake and Future collaborated on the 2015 mixtape "What a Time to Be Alive" and are on tour together through Oct. 16. The album's singles "Where Ya At," "Jumpman" or "Big Rings" could stand as the perfect fit for when Team North America lights the lamp.

The final selection will be played Monday when Team North America hosts Team Russia at Air Canada Centre (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, TVA Sports).

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