New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall was the focal point of the hockey world last night after he was caught getting unusually pumped up on the Devils’ bench. The root of Hall’s excitement stemmed from a video that was shown on the Prudential Center’s jumbotron late in the third period.
During a whistle break with 5:28 remaining in regulation, the 26-year-old glared at the big screen with excitement as a Ric Flair video was played to pump up the crowd. After imitating the wrestler’s iconic “woo” chant, Hall nudged teammate Miles Wood repeatedly and was evidently amped afterward.
The video received its share of attention, but fans absent from the game weren’t provided with the actual video that was played. The Devils’ social team felt as though viewers deserved to see Flair in action and decided to post the original video on social media. As you could expect, the 57 second sequence is essentially a series of clips featuring Flair going nuts.
Yeah, that’ll definitely do the trick.
This wasn’t the first time Flair was used to pump up a hockey team either. Earlier this year, Fredonia Blue Devils goaltender Nick Harper led a legendary Flair chant in his team’s locker room.
Flair’s magic seemed to work for the Devils (New Jersey that is), as the team was able to come away with a 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers. After last night’s magic, the team will likely be playing his clips at every home game going forward.
(H/T New Jersey Devils)