The Twelve Days of Christmas is the ultimate hockey song, in my opinion. It's a war of attrition, it takes teamwork, and the only way to do it right is to respect the process.
So it's only fitting that the Ottawa Senators decided to use it as the basis for their holiday video this year, with the whole team joining in for a hockified rendition that replaces the partridge in a pear tree with a Heritage Classic jersey (for maximum product exposure), the turtle-doves with front teeth, and the swans-a-swimming with flows-a-flowing. It's pretty great.
Every time I think I'm beginning to grow weary of this long and repetitive song, Jason Spezza arrives to sing me back to life with his off-key delivery of and a Heritage classic jerseeeeeey. What's most striking to me is that I think he's trying to sing the harmony line. He does not succeed.
As a whole, though, the video really does. There are some great jokes here, from Erik Karlsson's tendency to overuse the adverb "obviously" to the reference to Fall Out Boy's mup-lighting anthem. (Light a mup mup mup!)
Kudos to the Senators, although they just raised the expectations for their post-Christmas on-ice performances. Inconsistency will no longer be tolerated. If you can do this song in its entirety, you can play a 60-minute game.
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