Caps Celebrate With ‘Black Velvet’

Posted February 8, 2014

When the Caps win a game, they often blast music in the locker room before the media enter for interviews. This was made apparent to fans on HBO’s 24/7 several years ago when they were fist-pumping to Pauly D music. The media often hear what the Caps are playing just as the doors open.

After Thursday’s win against the Jets, that song was Black Velvet, by Alannah Myles. Yes, we’re talking about the song that played endlessly on the radio from 1989-90. It’s also not the first time the Caps have played that song, as I’ve heard it blasting from the locker room at least one other time several seasons ago.

The media relations crew says which song plays depends on who gets to the music first. So which Cap is responsible for playing that song?

We can scratch Alex Ovechkin. There’s no way it’s him. It’s almost certainly someone who has been on the team for several seasons now, since they’ve played it at least two years ago (perhaps even three). It’s likely a Canadian, because Myles is from Toronto. As is Tom Wilson. But Wilson wasn’t born when that song came out and would likely play Miley Cyrus, according to Joel Ward.

Caps Outsider’s suspects:

  • Jason Chimera
  • Eric Fehr
  • Brooks Laich
  • Karl Alzner (unlikely)
  • Jay Beagle (very unlikely)

We’re ruling out Mike Green and John Erskine, because they didn’t play Thursday. However, I suppose it’s possible that one of them was in the locker room after the game and turned the music on before the others.

If we ever hear it again, we will get to the bottom of this. Now, celebrate like a Washington Capital: