With the NHL lockout firmly in place and both sides entrenched for what may be a long, drawn out battle, we’re taking this opportunity to explore the musical side of the National Hockey League. Each week, we’ll see what happens when hockey and music collide.
Join us as we Rock Out for the Lockout.
The Draft Class of 2012
While we’ve featured the musical stylings of Hall of Famers and current players, you might be wondering if future players will be able to carry the musical torch. Fear not, as TSN’s Alyonka Larionov interviewed the 2012 NHL Prospects during the 2012 NHL Combine in Toronto. She uncovered a few gems drafted this past year that have yet to make their NHL debuts.
Mathew Dumba – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Wild, the Calgary native plays with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. Much like his play out on the ice, once you get him going, get out of his way:
Malcolm Subban and Alex Galchenyuk – “Chicken Fried”
Subban, the younger brother of Habs defenseman P.K., was selected 24th overall by the Boston Bruins. Galchenyuk went third overall to the Montreal Canadiens. The two are competing this season in the OHL, for Belleville and Sarnia, respectively. The two have met only once this season, with Belleville earning a 3-1 win; Galchenyuk assisted on the Sting’s only goal. While both are very talented on the ice, one can only hope they’ll reprise their duet at their February 2 rematch in Sarnia:
Filip Forsberg – “Dancing Queen”
Forsberg went to the Washington Capitals with the eleventh overall pick in the draft. A native of Sweden, it’s no surprise that he’s well versed in the vocal stylings of Abba:
Obviously, there’s some talented kids in this draft — on the ice and at the karaoke bar. Who only knows what we’ll eventually find with some of the players selected in the later rounds. There could really be a vocal sleeper out there, but for right now, it’s safe to say the NHL Draft Class of 2012 is already in good musical hands with these four first-rounders.
Josh is a life-long hockey fan. He grew up as a fan of the New York Rangers, but thanks to their general mismanagement and years of mediocrity, has developed a great appreciation for every team across the league.
He’s been writing about hockey on various sites since 1995. In addition to his work at The Hockey Writers, he also keeps tabs on the referees over at ScoutingTheRefs.com.