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Mark “In Da Park” Owuya Raps for Reading Fans
Mark Owuya engages in a “VICTORY” fist-pump (All Visual Content Credit: M. Richter)
Tonight, the Reading Royals celebrated their Kelly Cup Championship. As is tradition at these events, each member of the team’s playoff roster was given a chance to say a few words. There were the expected “Thank you” and “Couldn’t have done it without”s, as well as the occasional deer-in-the-headlights reaction when faced with a podium and a crowd of 4,000 screaming fans.
And then there was backup goaltender Mark Owuya, who riled up the crowd with shouts of “VICTORY!” and enthusiastic fist-pumps, before being badgered into rapping by team captain Yannick Tifu. Word of warning, the video below contains some NSFW language (on par with a hockey locker room).
To be fair, Tifu’s request wasn’t completely out of left field. The goaltender competed in Swedish Idol back in 2006 as “Mark in Da Park” (competition video here). He just also happened to have a playoff-leading 1.61 GAA this spring, posting two shutouts while Riley Gill was indisposed. He’s a man of many talents.
(It’s also worth noting that Stanislav Galiev (blue shorts) spent the entire rap recording his teammate’s performance in a move rather reminiscent of Ovechkin at the 2011 All Star Draft, as the rest of the team cracked up on-stage.)