Those in attendance at the Vancouver Canucks' 16th annual CFKF Dice & Ice charity event were treated to the more musical side of several of the Canucks' young players when rookies Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann and Ben Hutton, and fifth-year forward Sven Baertschi, engaged in a lip sync battle.
Three of the Canucks' veterans served as judges: goaltender Ryan Miller and forwards Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen.
Virtanen, who took the stage wearing a cowboy hat with a cutout of the Canucks logo taped to it, told the crowd his nickname was "Big Country," and proceeded to remove his suit jacket and dress shirt to reveal the jersey of former NBA player Bryant "Big Country" Reeves as he performed "Chattahooche" by country artist Alan Jackson.
"I've seen a few of your moves in the locker room and you've got better than that," Burrows said, while still giving Virtanen an 8.
McCann went the boy band route, serenading the attendees with "I Want It That Way" by The Backstreet Boys and showing off some dance moves in the process. Miller was the only judge to rate McCann better than a 5, awarding him a 7. Hansen then revealed he was responsible for the artist choice and McCann, 19, had no idea who The Backstreet Boys were.
Hutton dedicated his performance of Aqua's 1997 hit "Barbie Girl" to teammate and fellow defenseman Luca Sbisa, claiming he was told it was Sbisa's favorite song. Hutton's choreography included undoing a few buttons on his dress shirt and earned him 9s all around from the judges.
Faced with having to put on a flawless performance to win the competition, Baertschi, wearing dark sunglasses and a gold chain, elected for a classic. His rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell only earned him an 8 from Burrows and a couple of 6s.
Money raised from the Dice & Ice function, presented by Scotiabank, goes to the Canucks For Kids Fund.