NHL teams find focus and motivation in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in different ways. Some will have a puzzle that gets filled with each win. Some hand out postgame hats or jackets. Others have locker-room traditions, like a particular pump-up or celebration song.
Which brings us to the unlikely, yet completely feasible, union of the Dallas Stars and country pop singer Shania Twain.
In waiting to speak to the Stars before Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series, reporters were delayed from speaking to players until the playing of (and singing long with) Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One” was over. Stars center Jason Spezza did the policing, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News:
Imagine their surprise when Spezza said they had to wait until the Shania Twain song was over. Captain Jamie Benn, reading the vibe from his teammate, walked over to the modern-day "boombox" and turned the volume up to 11.
Rituals, after all, are rituals.
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