Wed Dec 28 12:33am EST
EDMONTON — Time was, the only song anyone cared about hearing at an international hockey tournament was the one played at the end of the game — the winning team's country's national anthem.
Of course, since Twitter enables poking into every corner of the sports experience, Canada's choice to crank the catchy Chelsea Dagger at each goal has raised hackles on each side of the border. This counts as a news story.
Some fans and even sports broadcasters are questioning why Team Canada is using the same tune to celebrate each goal ... as the Chicago Blackhawks play at the United Center.
Twitter was aflutter with cranky comments during Team Canada's game against Finland, where the "do do do. do do do" song was played eight times Monday at Rexall Place.
"I seriously can't believe that every single Canadian isn't rising up in outrage over Chelsea Dagger right now. NOW is when you riot, Canada," tweeted @katebits, a hockey fan from Buffalo, New York.
"Blasphemy," wrote Chris Boden, who hosts Chicago's pre- and post-game TV shows on Comcast SportsNet.
"So @HockeyCanada is going to use Chelsea Dagger as the theme song for goals at the WJHC. Kill me now! #canucks," tweeted @vancan19, a hockey blogger also known as Josh Hall from Burnaby, B.C. (Edmonton Journal)
So long story short, Chicago types feel protective about a pop music that Blackhawks fans neither created or were the first to adopt as a sports anthem. Soccer fans were the first to take up singing The Fratellis' ditty in the stands before the ritual crossed the Atlantic to North America. Meantime, a few Vancouver Canucks fans apparently believe that someone east of the Rockies should still give them a wide berth about their teams' repeated playoff failures.
Should the good people in Edmonton have chosen a different song? Probably, but I'm not up on what the kids are listening to know what that should be. The Chelsea Dagger fad is likely close to being played out. It's become so ubiquitous at hockey games — the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings have appropriated it and the OHL's Ottawa 67's have a house band perform a rendition — that's almost got old. C'est la vie; someone gets a good idea and everyone copies it.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.