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 don’t think I have the best moves, but our win song is a time to come together," Jenner said. "Whenever you hear it, it’s a good sign."
One guy who can’t dance, according to Atkinson, is Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout. Prout didn’t argue with the assessment.
"I have no background of dancing, no practicing. I try here and there," Prout said. "I don’t dance too often, but I certainly try once in a blue moon."
The song itself has drawn different reviews.
"I really like that song," Jenner said. "I’m happy with (Cam’s) choices. A lot of guys give him a hard time if he picks bad songs."
One player with a differen opinion on the current win song of choice is Jackets forward Nathan Horton. He considers himself a fan of mostly rock music, but he’ll put up with some pop music.
"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."
This team is incredibly, weirdly supportive of Cam’s questionable DJing choices, and I think that’s beautiful.