By Connor Thomas
The Flyers have had a busy offseason throughout the organization, moving on from some players that have worn orange and black for numerous years and adding a bevy of new faces. They have a new backup goalie, a retooled defense, and some fresh goal scorers, but one thing they have yet to add is a new goal song. Last year, Jetboy’s “Feel The Shake” was the goal song for the team, but the organization decided that they would go in a different direction for the 2021-22 season. They’ve asked for fan input and have tried out some options throughout the preseason, but to this point, a song has not been chosen. Well, Flyers, boy do I have an idea for you.
How awesome would it be if each player on the team got to pick an individual goal song? Think about it. In baseball, every hitter gets one or a few personalized walk up songs when they come to bat. Pitchers get a walk out song for either starting the game or entering from the bullpen. It’s a cool personalization that lends to some of the great moments in that sport. Think about Chase Utley sauntering up to the plate to the sound of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”. How about Mariano Rivera coming out of the pen in Yankee stadium to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”? That gave him a nickname that is engraved on his Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown. The individualism of walk up/walk out songs in baseball is an amazing part of the experience of the game, and it’s something that the Flyers should absolutely implement this season at the Wells Fargo Center.
To my knowledge, no NHL team has ever allowed individual goal songs rather than an overall team goal song for every score. That would mean that the Flyers would be on the cutting edge of celebrating their team’s success. Professional sports are often copy-cat, and it’s rare to have a chance to be the first to try something, even if it’s as arbitrary as personalized goal songs. There’s so much cool potential here, and with a locker room that seems to have a lot of characters, the Flyers also seem to have the right chemistry to make this opportunity very special. Kevin Hayes is one of the funniest players in the NHL, what if he picked a great gag song like “I Wanna Drive The Zamboni” by The Zambonis? Hilarious. Sean Couturier could have “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team and have the whole arena shouting “COOTS THERE IT IS”. It would also add variety to goals, rather than hearing the same song every time. Maybe that’s the reason that teams need a new goal song so often. You can still keep the overarching victory song too, so that the team still has an anthem. There are so many positives to this idea, there are no reasons why the Flyers’ should not have individual goal songs for the 2021-22 season, and possibly every season going forward.