On Sunday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrated a victory over the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena, alongside 15,667 fans in attendance during Fan Appreciation Night. That celebration also gave fans an insight into the team’s postgame routine. Not only did the crowd see the team take off their jerseys to give to fans, the Jackets’ victory song, "Timber" — usually played in the locker room — played throughout the arena.
"I’m in charge of the winning song," said Jackets forward Cam Atkinson, who chose the postgame victory song. Currently ranked 13th on the Billboard "Hot 100" chart, "Timber" features artists Pitbull and Kesha. "I’m a fan of Kesha and her music, so I picked the song and the guys loved it."
It’s not just about the song for Atkinson, it’s about the response in the room.
"The guys started dancing — I’ve never seen these kind of dance moves come out of the woodwork," Atkinson said with a smile.
Boone Jenner is someone Atkinson said can "shake his boots." The compliment had Jenner laughing.
"I’m not a Kesha fan," Horton said. "But as long as (Timber is) blaring, it means everything went well."
And, besides, overall, Atkinson gets props for his song picking skills.
"(Atkinson’s) a great D.J.," Prout said. "He picks good songs no matter where we are and what we’re doing. He has a knack for putting a mood together with a song."
And, Prout said, it’s not just about picking a good song or a good artist.
"As long as there is a good beat and it puts everyone in a good mood, and every time you hear it you think about winning, it’s a win song," Prout said. "That’s all that matters."
The Blue Jackets hope tonight marks one more opportunity to play "Timber" after their final regular season home game against the Phoenix Coyotes. The puck drops at 7 p.m. in Nationwide Arena. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, visit www.bluejackets.nhl.com.