Okay, I'll admit it: I've always been a sucker for hockey montages. In fact, my favourite part of CBC's coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has been their playoff-ending montages, highlighting all the moments from Round 1 to the presentation of the Stanley Cup in additional to the traditional team group picture. I have loved those videos so much that I even created a playlist on my iPod. With that said, whenever I put on my playlist and listen to one of the tunes, whether it's Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight", Foo Fighter's "Times Like These, U2's "Beautiful Day" or "One" or Coldplay's "Fix You" or "Paradise", the images that run through my head are those of the highlights of certain playoff years.
For example, U2's "One" was played for the playoff montage from 2011 when the Boston Bruins won the Cup. Now, whenever I listen to the end song with Bono's high-pitched screaming, I visualize the Bruins jumping on goaltender Tim Thomas in celebration along with guys like Zdeno Chara and Mark Recchi each hoisting the Cup before closing out with the famous group picture. My goosebumps grow even more when Coldplay's "Paradise" comes on as that was CBC's choice for their 2012 montage, when the Kings won the Cup. Heck, even the opening song for EA Sports' NHL 2000 is still a favourite of mine because, like all of the songs that CBC used to close out their playoff coverage, Garbage's "Push It" still takes me back to goal-scoring, heavy-hitting and beautiful saves.
But as great as all of those montages were (and still are), many videos were made (whether by the league, certain teams or fans) with beautiful instrumental music. I remember one such Kings montage made with the song of choice being Hans Zimmer's "Time" from the blockbuster hit movie Inception. There are many more examples but instead of listing them all off, here is the National Hockey League's scintillating trailer for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.
I guarantee that this montage is so well-done from the video clips to the music that even the most casual of hockey fans will have to bundle up in order to conceal those goosebumps.
If this doesn't make fans ready for the Finals, I don't know what will.