NHL Arenas: The Best Goal Horns in the NHL
Unlike most other sports, when the home team scores a goal in the NHL, a horn of some variety will sound loudly to signify the score.
Goal horns accompany the cheering crowd to increase the decibel level within the arena, with the idea of producing a boost and adrenaline rush to the home team.
In this slideshow, I have decided to highlight which goal horns I think are the best in the league.
These are my personal choices. If you don't agree, please add your favourites in the comments section.
New York Rangers
This is my favourite goal horn, and it's not just because I am a Rangers fan.
The Ranges horn is one of the more original in the league, and it was the same horn that was used during the legendary 1994 Stanley Cup victory.
The song is the "Slapshot" song, written by Ray Castoldi, the music director at Madison Square Garden.
Detroit Red Wings
In addition to being one of the most historic and most recognisable teams in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings' goal horn is the same.
It is another original-sounding horn that has been used by the team for a number of years now. The song is "Hey Hey Hockeytown" by Kid Rock.
I know this is a polarising choice, but it is a pretty good goal horn in my opinion.
It could be argued that the horn and siren could be used separately, but it is a good combination that gets the fans pumped up.
The Buffalo Sabres use two different sounds just like the Capitals, but this time they are used separately with the loud horn coming before the siren.
It is another good horn that gets the crowd pumped up and keeps going for a little while after the goal is scored.
The Calgary Flames have a good, loud, distinctive horn that is good at getting the crowd going.
Despite the lack of success in Calgary recently, at least their horn is good for when they do score.
The Dallas Stars have another original-sounding horn that has been changed recently.
In the past, it was the same horn, but the intro was staggered twice before playing. Now it simply plays consistently the whole way through.
Whichever version of the horn they choose, it is a good, vibrant horn that serves its purpose well.
The Philadelphia Flyers have a great horn that really helps increase the noise level within the Wells Fargo Center.
This horn has only been used for the last few seasons, but I can imagine it will be used in Philly for a long time to come.
Los Angeles Kings
The LA Kings have a very loud, distinctive horn in the sense that its pitch is a lot higher than most other horns in the league.
It is very good at getting the crowd going and, like the Flyers horn, really raises the decibel level within the arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins also have a great, original horn, which launches into Blur's "Song 2" very early on.
This is a horn that has been used by the Penguins since the days of the Mellon Arena and followed them to the Consol Energy Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks' horn is pretty original. It's one of the higher-pitched horns in the league.
What makes this horn great, though, is The Fratellis' "Chelsea Dagger," which is played after and gets the crowd singing along and bringing the noise in the United Center.