It’s really “All the little things” that make life a little happier. Colorado Avalanche fans add even more joy to home games when the iconic Blink-182 song plays through the Ball Arena’s speakers as thousands of people sing along in unison.
“What’s the song, right?” DJ Avalanche Craig Turney told NHL.com. “You don’t even have to love rock, this song is just one of those nice universal tunes that you can’t help but sing along to.”
Turney’s statement hits the nail on the head. “All the Small Things” was released in 1999, but after 23 years it remains quite popular. The Avalanche fandom seems to know the words by heart, singing the lyrics even when the sound cuts out. The song is usually played during a stop in the third period.
Even Blink-182 vocalist Mark Hoppus is impressed by the fan-made cover of his song. describing the ritual as “wonderful”.
The tradition began in the 2019-20 season when Turney, also known as DJ Triple T, heard the song on the radio and thought it could attract Avs fans during home games. The crowd reacted wildly when he first played it, making the funny moment more than a one-time occurrence.
“They just love it,” Turney said. “It was organic. It wasn’t staged. Everyone was ecstatic and it was like, ‘Wow, okay, I think we’re really doing something here.'”
The Avs aren’t the only sports teams to have a signature song. This season, the Miami Heat hosted Farruko’s Pepas. In the MLB world, the New York Yankees have long played the Frank Sinatra classic New York, New York.
Once the new Colorado tradition kicked off, an unexpected global event nearly derailed its momentum. When the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the US in 2020, all normalcy flew out the window, including the sports world. To end the season, the NHL created a bubble for teams to play in Toronto and Edmonton, but fans were not allowed to play. Turney felt it was important to keep the tradition alive despite the lack of fans, so he made sure the Avs still heard their anthem in Edmonton.
“When I sent our playlist of songs to the DJ in the bubble, I gave specific instructions on how and when to play the song,” Turney said. “And they did it! It was amazing and I think that’s part of why it’s become such a special tradition because you have this ability to make you feel like you’re in the game supporting Avs even when you’re not.”
The song remains a fan favorite to this day, as evidenced by how loudly they sang it on Monday night as the Avalanche scored a 4-3 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals. .
The atmosphere at the Ball Arena is undeniably electrifying and probably gave the Avalanche an extra boost of energy. Colorado struggled to maintain a healthy roster during the 2021–22 campaign, but that didn’t stop the team from setting a new franchise record of 56 wins and 119 regular season points.
The Aves were undefeated in 18 straight home games from November 3, 2021 to January 30, 2022, the fifth longest home-ice winning streak in NHL history. In their last 36 regular season games, the Avs posted an impressive 30-3-3 record at the Ball Arena.
2 gamescheduled for Saturday at 8:00 pm ET. This will be another home game for the Avalanche, so Blink-182 is still in the forecast.