What will the Canadian women's hockey team be listening to before the gold medal game?
We asked defence player and team DJ, Brigette Lacquette, for the team's favourite songs.
It's been called "a battle for the ages," the Stanley Cup of the women's hockey world. Tonight at 11 p.m. ET, the Canadian women's hockey team will square off against the U.S. in the gold medal game at the Pyeongchang Olympics. For Canada, it's a chance to win its fifth straight title, but it won't be easy. They are facing a No. 1-ranked U.S. team that outshot them 45-23 in preliminaries, even though Canada still pulled off a 2-1 win.
As the team focuses on making their mark on history, everything leading up the big game is important, right down to the last song they hear before hitting the ice. While you'd think it would be a stadium-ready banger with a high BPM and an anthemic chorus, the team has actually discovered a common love for a slightly mellower song. In fact, there's a good chance the last song played in the dressing room will be "Chasing Cars," a downtempo hit ballad released in 2006 from Irish-Scottish group Snow Patrol.
Defence player and the team's unofficial DJ Brigette Lacquette discovered the team's shared enthusiasm for the song during a Valentine's Day practice. "It was Valentine's Day and I was playing a bunch of sappy songs in the dressing room and it was just before practice, so you kind of just slow it down," she tells q over the phone from Pyeongchang. "It was a Valentine's Day playlist full of happy songs, so things like Alicia Keys to Snow Patrol to James Blunt and Maroon 5, but then 'Chasing Cars' comes on and all the girls go, 'oh I love this song. I haven't heard this song in forever.'"
Everyone started singing, and Lacquette realized she'd hit a chord, something not that easy to do given everyone's diverse tastes. Maren Morris's "The Middle" is another song that achieves that.
"It is definitely very tough because you obviously can't please everyone," she says. "Some people only like country or some people may like Top 40 hits, everything across the board."
But like any good DJ, she was trying to create a moment of unison through the music. However, when it comes to fellow Canadian Drake and his latest, "God's Plan," the only thing they can agree on is that it's time to hit the skip button.
"Honestly any rap song," she says. "It seems like some people are not a fan of rap and they definitely voice their opinions. … There was a lot of swearing, probably every other word, and not a lot of people are huge fans of that. So yeah, [when 'God's Plan'] came on they just kind of said, 'next song!' and you know, obviously I had to keep people happy."
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