Tom Dundon’s many changes since purchasing the Carolina Hurricanes have included a renewed appreciation for all things Hartford Whalers, but at least in one instance, Whalers nostalgia is taking a back seat to North Carolina pride.
The Hurricanes announced Wednesday afternoon that following weeks of crowdsourcing and internal debate, Petey Pablo’s “Raise Up” has been selected as the Canes’ new goal song. And who else but the man himself would be appropriate to announce the news?
“Raise Up,” Petey’s anthemic 2001 salute to his home state, replaces Avicii’s “The Nights,” which had been used the past three years, as the celebration anthem for Hurricanes goals. In the crowd poll that the Canes conducted to gauge fan preference, “Raise Up” earned 26% of the vote, with the other six options trailing to varying degrees.
At press time, there was no word on whether shirts would be available at The Eye for the express purpose of taking off and twisting around one’s head, spin it like a helicopter, nor do we have any word on whether Wade Minter’s Avicii Cat has holed up in a piano studio learning his new assignment for the upcoming season.