How blink-182’s “All the Small Things” became an Avalanche tradition

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche crowd at Ball Arena may be unmatched in volume in the league — but nothing gets them pumped up like singing along to a particular 1999 hit.

Blink-182’s “All the Small Things” has become an unofficial anthem for the Avalanche, thanks to fan sing-alongs and some viral posts on social media. Even when the music stops and the game continues, the fans just keep singing.

How “All the Small Things” became the anthem of the Avalanche

You can even hear it on the TV shows and in the radio booth.

“Whether you’re witnessing it live or watching a video of it, I mean it’s a spine-chilling event and I’m glad it’s become a tradition for the Avalanche,” said Conor McGahey, the play-by-play announcer from Altitude Sports Radio and Altitude TV, who said they are trying to run the song over the show.

“We’re just going to try to design the layout and let people suck it in,” McGahey said. “And that’s the goal every night, to feel like you’re there, and I don’t think there’s a more specific and better example of feeling like you’re there than hearing that.”

According to the Avs, the tradition began in 2019 when Avs DJ Craig “DJ Triple T” Turney decided to play a new song — a little upbeat.

So the pop-punk hit that many of us millennials had in our middle school CD players was chosen — and the fans loved it. After that, the team and Turney debated when it would be best to play the song, and midway through the third third decided if the Avs had a comfortable lead, or during a game stoppage would be ideal.

With the Avalanche’s success in recent years and in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s been widely heard that the team will be set on a path to another win.

Avs players were spied singing along to the song, and even blink-182’s Mark Hoppus took notice of the tradition, calling it “amazing” on Twitter.

Hoppus introduced the song on the jumbotron during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Backed by their fan choir and their late ’90s anthem, it’s now time for the Avs to turn off the lights — and take home the trophy.

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