Music has been an early talking point at the World Juniors.
Team Canada unveiled their much-anticipated goal song on Wednesday, playing it 14 times in a blowout victory over Denmark for good measure.
The World Juniors has also picked a tournament anthem, which unlike the goal song – Don’t stop the party by Pitbull – wasn’t controversial in the least.
Fans were invited to pick the tournament anthem by Hockey Canada. The winner, from a selection of four choices, is Born and Raised by the Hunter Brothers.
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“We are blown away and extremely thankful for every one of you who voted, messaged, shared, and supported us throughout the whole selection process for the IIHF World Junior Championship Anthem,” the Hunter Brothers wrote on Instagram. “You all have left us feeling blessed beyond words during this special time of year!”
The Canadian country band will have their song played at various points during the tournament, which is being hosted by Vancouver and Victoria this year.
The Hunter Brothers are from the small town of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, which has remarkable hockey roots. The greatest women’s hockey player of all-time, Hayley Wickenheiser, is also from the town of under 2,000 people. Other famous Shaunavon hockey players include former NHLers Braydon Coburn and Rhett Warrener, as well as Vancouver Canucks draft pick Kole Lind.