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Hughes, Kakko among first-round picks who chose custom songs for Draft

Selections heard unique music after being picked Friday

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Being a first-round NHL Draft pick is great, but hearing your jam as you walk on stage to realize your lifelong dream is even better.

Each of the 31 first-round selections was allowed to choose a unique walk-up song that played as he went on stage at the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Friday.

Instagram from @nhl: 31 first rounders. 31 walk-up songs. #NHLDraft

Jack Hughes was serenaded by "I'm Coming Home" by Diddy featuring Skylar Gray after he was picked by the New Jersey Devils with the No. 1 pick. Kaapo Kakko heard "Ikuinen Vappu" by Finnish rap duo JVG after the New York Rangers selected him second, and No. 3 selection Kirby Dach entered the stage with "Burn the House Down" by AJR blaring from the speakers.

Sweden-born forward Tobias Bjornfot made perhaps the boldest pick by coming out to "Mamma Mia," by Abba. He heard the 1975 single, which the Swedish band released more than 25 years before Bjornfot was born, when the Los Angeles Kings selected him with the No. 22 pick.

Bjornfot wasn't alone though as fellow Swedes Simo Holmstrom and Nils Hoglander also picked "Mamma Mia" as their second choices.



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