A Look at Every NHL Arena’s Goal Celebrations — Part 2

Last week I covered the arena goal celebrations for the first fifteen teams alphabetically. Now, I will detail the latter fifteen teams. Enjoy.

Nashville Predators

This is a strong horn that sounds quite similar to Buffalo’s, but there is a stronger D tone in the chord that comprises the foghorn. It generally covers up how loud the fans are cheering, and that’s not a knock on the fans, but rather how loud the horn is.

Then, in unique Nashville flavor, Tim McGraw’s “I Like it, I Love it” plays, giving that true Southern USA feel to a Predators goal. One thing I did not realize until looking for the video for this post is that the words “the Predators scored” are edited into the song. Until five minutes ago, I thought the Predators didn’t edit the song.

Following that is Rock N Roll Part 2, with some “attitude.” You can faintly hear those chants in the video linked above, but I felt it was also necessary to post this video. Opposing teams always have to be mentally tough when on the road, but here, over 17,000 fans are chanting in unison “Hey You Suck!” in rhythm after the Predators score on you. Following three chants of “Hey You Suck!” is “We’re gonna beat the Hell outta you! You! You! You you you,” also chanted in unison. That can get pretty loud.

Bottom line, you don’t want to be scored on a lot in this building.

UPDATE 10-10-2012: Link died. Here’s a new one.

New Jersey Devils

This horn came with the new Prudential Center in 2007. It sounds quite a lot like Carolina’s goal horn. I’m not really a fan of this horn, honestly. The low A is very strong in this horn, but the lower E undertone (which is really sharp and sounds closer to an F, by the way) just makes it sound weird, really.

And since I don’t watch much Devils hockey, being the Western Conference hockey fan that I am, I forgot that their fans also added words to Rock and Roll Part 2. Yes, those words are “Hey You Suck,” just like Nashville.

I wouldn’t want to be scored on many times in Prudential Center, either.

New York Islanders

I believe this is one of the more recognizable train horn goal horns in the NHL. It’s a middle-range horn, which in my opinion tends to be a good horn. Not too high, not too low, but just right.

Following the horn is Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant,” and then some guy yelling “Woo!” of which the fans yell “Woo!” back.

It’s too bad the arena is in terrible condition. I kinda like this horn.

New York Rangers

I’m not exhibiting East Coast Bias when I say this is one of the most recognizable goal horns in the NHL. I think the Rangers have been using this horn for ages. Well, they’ve also played in multiple editions of their arena, so go figure.

The goal song’s unique to the Rangers, which is pretty cool. Not many teams can say they have a song written solely for them. The fans can sing along in a very reachable range, which results in a very loud chorus of fans singing.

UPDATE 10-10-2012: Link died. Here’s a new, and even better one.

Ottawa Senators

This horn sounds similar to Calgary’s, in that it contains a mid-range F in the horn. However, what’s different is that the lower D that complements the higher F is arguably louder than the F.

The goal song is a techno remix to Seven Nation Army, which is something I’ve never heard before. I guess the goal (no pun intended) of the Senators is to get the arena jumping to the beat after the Senators score, which is theoretically a great idea since you want the fans to be energetic throughout the game.

I’d say, this is not bad.

Philadelphia Flyers

A lot of teams use a C# foghorn to celebrate goals, as you will see later on in this post. What I like about Philadelphia’s version of it is that it sounds like there is more than one going off. It is vicious and loud, and engulfs the arena when it goes off.

The goal song is just strange, however. “Doop” is pretty much the only word said in the song. (What is a doop?) The beat is catchy, though, and if you’re an opposing player, it will get stuck in your head. So, excellent job Flyers. You’ve found a really annoying song to follow your goal horn.

Fun fact: the Flyers used to have the same goal horn as the Calgary Flames. They’ve been using their current horn since 2006.

Phoenix Coyotes

This horn is similar to Florida’s and Minnesota’s, but the G# (again, there’s no flat sign on a standard laptop keyboard) is the dominant pitch in this horn. Having been to a Coyotes game myself (parking was free, tickets were $19, and my roommate and I had nothing else to do in Phoenix on a Monday night), the horn’s decently loud. Too bad there are no fans at the games.

The goal song is awesome, and very fitting for the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes use The Black Key’s “Howling for You” as their goal song. Props to the Coyotes for that. It’s an awesome song, and it’s very appropriate for your team.

(Now can you please stop trolling the Western Conference?!)

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins, in my humble opinion, have not had the best track record of decent goal horns, like this one, until they got this one in 2005. This is a great horn. It appears that the Penguins heard that major chords sound happier than minor chords, and found a foghorn with a G# major chord. A goal has been scored. Happy time!

Blur’s “Song 2” (yes that’s actually what it’s called) plays afterwards. My big criticism is that it plays immediately. Come on. Let that goal horn have at least five seconds alone before you play the song.

Otherwise, pretty decent horn.

UPDATE 10-10-2012: Link died. Here’s a new one.

San Jose Sharks

We have ourselves another tug boat horn, and yes, it’s in the Pacific Division. The Sharks have a very similar horn to the Anaheim Ducks (as much as Sharks fans probably don’t like to think so, it’s true). Difference here is pitch. The Ducks horn is an F, while the Sharks use a horn that blares F#. For the musically-inclined, that’s only a half-step difference. For the non-musically-inclined, that’s not much of a difference at all.

No matter how many goals the Sharks score, the HP Pavilion always blares it twice.

The goal song, as was explained to me by my friend, is the recording of their arena’s organist’s (who is apparently no longer employed by the Sharks) rendition of Rock and Roll Part 2. So, it’s their unique version of an otherwise widely-used song (until “The Whip” becamethat song). After about three things of “Hey,” Keith Moon comes back from the dead and busts out a drum solo that only he would understand.

This is a very appropriate horn for the Shark Tank. You really do feel like you’re in the bay when this goes off.

UPDATE 10-10-2012: Link died. Here’s a new one.

St. Louis Blues

And we’re back to C# foghorns. According to YouTube comments, the best source for anything (sarcasm), St. Louis was the first team to use this kind of goal horn. For as long as I can remember, it’s always been one long blast, followed by a short blast, and then a medium blast. So, if anybody played me a C# goal horn, without me looking at a screen identifying which one he or she played, I’d listen for the three blasts.

The goal song is the organist playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” While the video above sounds kind of crappy, it’s the version I have heard in Blues games this year. I don’t understand why they transposed it. I liked the version in C major much better. Again, most fans would never notice this. Pretty much only I would. That’s why having perfect pitch is awesome.

C# Foghorn Count: 3

Tampa Bay Lightning

You’re probably thinking “Isn’t this the same damn horn as St. Louis’?” Guess what? It is! It’s exactly the same horn. Go ahead and play them together. Exact same horn. Only difference here is that Tampa employs the two long horn blast method. That is the only thing that makes Tampa’s different from St. Louis’.

Regarding the goal song, I have never heard it before. It’s a dance beat, so you can dance and go crazy to it. If you want to turn your sporting event into a dance party, mission accomplished.

C# Foghorn Count: 4

Toronto Maple Leafs

Now, you’re probably thinking “There’s no way there are this many teams that use the same horn.” Well, you’d be wrong, because that’s exactly what’s going on here with Toronto. Come on Maple Leafs…

To be fair to them, their old one wasn’t much better.

The Maple Leafs are also getting some heat for using “The Whip” as their goal song, with many people saying it’s “unoriginal.” Truth be told, only four teams use it, so their argument is flawed.

All that being said, “meh” to the Maple Leafs.

I guess if you were a hipster fan, this would be you.

This guy...

Hipsters, man.

C# Foghorn Count: 5

Vancouver Canucks


Vancouver’s current goal horn was introduced in 2008, and it’s not a horn you want to hear go off. The Canucks horn has C# and G# in the foghorn, which does make it different from other horns. Their old horn was this, and if you played NHL 2001 as a kid, like I did, this was pretty much the only accurate horn in the game (the game was produced in Vancouver). Kinda liked their old horn better, but that’s probably because their current goal horn was the horn that blared when Sidney Crosby scored the Gold Medal-winning goal on Ryan Miller in the 2010 Olympics…that was heartbreaking.

The goal song is a doozy. I’m sure the band who performed this song never imagined it would be used to celebrate NHL goals. But if there’s anything the Vancouver Canucks are really good at, it’s annoying the hell out of the opposition. This song definitely accomplishes that. It’s great for the Canucks, as it is all happy and cheery for the Canucks fans, but everybody else cringes at it, and hopes and prays to never hear it again. What’s worse for opposing fans is that it’s super catchy, so it’ll get stuck in their heads against their will.

This has to be the Canucks’ response to Chicago haunting them with “Chelsea Dagger.” It’s only fitting. It’s also a much better goal song than Green Day’s “Holiday,” which was a terrible choice for a goal song.

You really don’t want to give up many goals against the Canucks in Vancouver.

UPDATE 10-10-2012: Link died. Here’s a new one.

Washington Capitals

Washington’s foghorn sounds kind of similar to Buffalo’s and Nashville’s. Notice I said foghorn. You can’t ignore the police siren that also blares. It’s a very noisy goal horn, and it’s one I really would not want to hear as an opposing fan, because it really rubs in the fact your team just gave up a goal. Loud and obnoxious.

Oh, and that siren doesn’t stop blaring until about ten seconds later.

Apparently, the Capitals use a different songs for different players, and I don’t want to look at each individual song, so I just found what is supposedly Alex Ovechkin’s goal song. His goal song’s pretty heavy, not gonna lie. Only appropriate, though, as he’s…well…Alex Ovechkin.

Winnipeg Jets

I was really intrigued to hear what the Winnipeg Jets had as their goal horn, but I had a hard time hearing it initially. That’s because the Jets play in the MTS Centre, the smallest venue in the league, seating 15,004 fans, and the fans in Winnipeg are really loud. When I finally did hear it, I realized why it was so hard to hear it: it’s a high-pitched train horn. I figured it was probably because the MTS Centre used to be solely an AHL venue for the Manitoba Moose, and maybe that’s why they used such a high-pitched goal horn. Turns out that’s not the case. It’s the same goal horn Winnipeg used before the first team moved to Phoenix. (scroll to 2:49 to hear the goal horn) Props to Winnipeg for keeping the horn.

The goal song is Rev Theory’s “Hell Yeah,” which works well. I mean, “Hell Yeah” are among some words that fans would say when their team scores a goal, so it’s only fitting to use that song.

UPDATE 10-10-2012: Link died. Here’s a new one.

End Part 2

That will just about do it for me. I hope you all enjoyed my insights to every team’s goal celebration. I will try and publish a new installment to “Graham’s Week in Review,” but my schedule is getting a little hectic at the moment so it’s going to be a tad difficult to do so. Until then, have a good week, everybody.


5 responses to “A Look at Every NHL Arena’s Goal Celebrations — Part 2

  1. Only you would go on about the chords that make up the goal horn and explain the notes and differences between then (F vs F#) – average fan is probably going “Who cares?”. And I was wondering after the first post if you had perfect pitch. Glad you mentioned it.

    And poor Vancouver, always trying to one up Chicago.

  2. Funny part of two horns with Philly, is that is two horns. The old one is still there, and plays with the new one in unison.

    The Canucks horn used to have both as well, but they took the old one down.

  3. The Rangers don’t even have a real horn

  4. Bostons horn isnt real either.

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