Debuts for the Caps aren’t limited to the new players acquired yesterday. As long as the Caps score one goal tonight, they’ll debut a new song as well. As we previously mentioned, the Caps in conjunction with Elliot in the Morning on DC101 hosted a contest to establish a new goal song to be played after every home goal.
Branko Hodzic was the winner as announced by Elliot on the air on Tuesday morning. Branko’s band called the Sandbox Kings recorded the song called “Rock the Red.” As it turns out, Branko first heard about the contest from our brief mention. He sent us an email where we find out that Branko is not just a musician, but a life-long Caps fan. We found that to be pretty cool. With his permission, we’re sharing his email with you. Congrats on the win and we look forward to hearing the song A LOT.
I just wanted to thank you so much for posting the Create A Caps Goal Song Contest. I read your site almost daily for fun caps and hockey related articles. I feel your posts resonate with me and your blog is where I first learned of this contest. I wanted this to be a thank you email, but I started writing and reflecting on today and the Caps and felt compelled to write you about myself and the love for my team.
I grew up loving sports, but none have taken hold of me the way hockey has. I have been a Caps fan since I was 5 or 6. Dale Hunter scoring the game 7 OT winner against the flyers remains my favorite Caps moment to this day. I still have it on VHS somewhere… haha. I’ve gone through the lean years when Caps Hockey was a downright laughable team to support. I always felt personally hurt after seeing the reaction of someone’s face when I told people in the DC area that hockey was my end all sport. Nothing would be said, but I in my mind their look shouted, “Oh, I could care less about hockey….especially the Caps.” I think many here can relate. So 1998 rolls around and I’m a senior in high school. Wouldn’t you know it… The caps reach the Stanley Cup Finals. A dream come true for me. 10 to 15 years of hoping I could call my Caps the Stanley Cup Champs. It just so happened my Senior Prom landed on Game 3 of the finals. I told my friends I would not be going to prom. How could I? The caps were in the FINALS!! After my friends and date showed their anger at my decision, I made a compromise. I went to prom… but with my handy 7 inch portable color TV. Of course I spent time with my date and friends, but from time to time there was a huddle of guys screaming their heads off with me cheering on the boys. Unfortunately, it was not to be. I was a believer in the Caps rebuild plan even though it hurt like hell and would be painful for a long time. I was sad to see so many of my favorites leave, but talk about the rewards!! To hear the respect in the voices of the hockey analysts when they mention the Caps is truly a sweet thing. Something Caps fans have longed for for a long time.
I played street hockey all my life, but Ice Hockey for only two years as a child. My music love started in the 80’s with big hair bands like Van Halen, Europe, Poison, etc… When I turned twelve, my parents offered me a choice for my birthday present. Get new equipment for ice hockey or a brand new guitar. This was not an easy decision!!! I chose the guitar, and thus hockey became second fiddle, to my true passion… music. I went to college for music and had an honest few years of gutting it out in a couple of bands. My musical tastes evolved from everything from jazz, blues, rock, funk, R&B, etc… Mostly I love catchy music. Pop/Alt Rock. I released one record with my own band, Sandbox Kings, but became very put off with how much the business of music overshadowed the music and how little control I seemed to have. I decided to stop professionally, although I swore I would never stop writing and intended to have a gig here and there. My intensity for my music has never changed. We just had a little lover’s spat is all. So My drummer and I have been chipping away at our second record over the past 2…wait….4… scratch that… 6 years!! We’re almost finished with the new record called “Secrets”. Another month or two.
So now its present day. I’ve just won a contest that features my two favorite things: Music and Hockey. Funny enough, the bad years for the Caps were my worst years for music. Now, I feel Caps’ future has never looked so bright!! With this roster of players, could this be the year the Caps win the Stanley Cup? Oh, how I hope!! With this contest, I feel my musical endeavors have never looked so bright. Could this be the year things take off for my music? Oh, how I hope!! Will the fans feel the same way I felt when I wrote this song thinking about the pure joy a caps goal brings? Oh, how I hope!!
I know its only a goal song, but to me its so much more. Its all the years of amazing and heartbreaking moments cheering on my child hood heroes like Peeters, Bondra, Hunter, Pivonka, Kolzig, Langway, Gonchar, Miller, Gartner, Jagr….just kidding ;-). All the years of devoting everything I have to music: The great gigs opening up for national acts, having somebody genuinely connect with a song I wrote, sleeping in vans, playing three gigs in three different states in two days on 3 hours of sleep, driving 9 hours to play a grungy, beer sticky floored empty venue, seeing a total lack of interest after pouring your heart out. Yes, its all of the good, the bad, and some damned uglies wrapped into one beautiful moment best released when the Caps come from behind with seconds left. I never thought these two passions of mine would combine together to give me such a wonderful experience. I’ll never give up on the Caps and I’ll never give up on my Music.
Thank you On Frozen Blog, Ted for being such a great sports owner, and Elliot for hosting this contest. Here’s to the Caps!!! This year we paint The Cup RED!!!!