Nashville Predators rookie Craig Smith has already had some success at the NHL level. In his first game he scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period to propel his team to a 3-2 victory and then, in his second tilt, he registered another goal.
But there’s something curious about his finding the score sheet.
In Columbus, Ohio, the Blue Jackets Game Ops crew used a TV timeout to play House of Pain’s Jump Around. Eight minutes later, Smith bagged his first career goal.
The very next night in St. Louis, the Predators heard the song again during the first period and wouldn’t you know it, the 22-year old Madison, Wisconsin native scored on his next shift.
To understand why the two events may be more than just coincidence you must first know about Smith’s alma mater, the University of Wisconsin. The Badgers use Jump Around to get fans (and players) pumped up during every sporting event.
Apparently the 22-year old rookie didn’t leave that energy back in college.
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