The new Canucks DJ learned a valuable lesson on Tuesday.
Never play Chelsea Dagger ever again.
It doesn’t matter how catchy the song is, it belongs to the Chicago Blackhawks and has given Canucks fans nightmares for a decade.
So when the song played during the third period of Tuesday night’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings, fans were pissed.
How could this happen?
For starters, they recently replaced Jay Swing, a diehard Canucks fan and the team’s DJ for the last four years. It appears his replacement needs to brush up on some of the finer points of recent Canucks history.
Outrage online was so intense, it forced Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini to explain the action on social media. Here’s what he had to say Wednesday afternoon:
By the way, playing "Chelsea Dagger" at the game last night was an innocent mistake on the part of someone whose memory doesn't go back that far. Bugged me, too. It won't happen again!
— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) November 28, 2018
Aquilini called the sacrilegious act an “innocent mistake,” and I’m sure it was. But explaining it was because someone’s “memory doesn’t go back that far” doesn’t pass the smell test.
The Canucks played the Blackhawks in the playoffs in three straight seasons from 2009 to 2011. The rivalry existed beyond those years too.
If your DJ wasn’t a Canucks fan in 2011 then they shouldn’t be your DJ. Need lifelong suffering DJs just like all us lifelong suffering fans.
— Mark (@MrMcBluffy) November 28, 2018
If you’re above the age of 18 and don’t remember Chelsea Dagger, then you haven’t been paying attention.
Perhaps being a diehard fan isn’t a prerequisite to the job of Canucks DJ, but I bet it helps.
Canucks Nation noticed, sticking up for one of their own in a groundswell movement of support.
— rawb station (@elrizzy) November 28, 2018
Exactly what was wrong with Jay Swing? We were winning then. Was the DJ change yet another way of embracing the tank by management?
— Steve Rickman (@srickman33) November 28, 2018
Please bring back Jay Swing. He actually knew what he was doing and knew how to read and work the crowd.
— Leah (@FireflyFaery) November 28, 2018
— Ryan Walker (friend of the show) (@avelanch) November 28, 2018
— Shadownet #WalkWithElias (@shadownet9740) November 28, 2018
JAY SWING WAS THE GREATEST DJ IN CANUCKS HISTORY.
why is he not there anymore ??
— BertuzziNaslundScores💸 (@JoeMarino44) November 28, 2018
Bring back @JaySwing like yesterday
— Kyle Bryan (@KyleBryan) November 28, 2018
BRING BACK @JaySwing
— Sean Warren (@PA_SeanWarren) November 28, 2018