Back in January of this year when the abbreviated NHL season began, the Vancouver Canucks started their search for a new song the players could skate onto the ice to, calling it “Project NU2.” The current song, U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name,” will still be among the songs played in rotation for the Canucks’ entrance, but they left it in the hands of the fans to vote for another song that was new and more representative of the Vancouver organization.
They were serious about it as they set forth a few guidelines such as (directly from the Canucks official webpage) “it should drive energy and anticipation of the upcoming battle” and have “a timeless quality.”
After 2,853 song submissions were narrowed down to six songs, including “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses and “Burn It to the Ground” by Nickelback, about 18,000 votes later, the Canucks skated out to “The House that Heaven Built” by the Japandroids for the first time last night at the Rogers Arena.
I have never heard of the song that was chosen or the band who sings it, but I’m hoping it better represents the team more than the U2 ditty they used because I’m not quite sure what that song has to do with anything. You can’t even say it has a good beat that gets everyone pumped up for game night. How can 18,000 fans be wrong, right? I would say this change was long overdue.
Check out the song for yourself: