ESPN Music: Nickelback
June, 19, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Cindy Ord/Getty ImagesMike Kroeger, Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake and Daniel Adair aren't afraid to poke fun at themselves.Canadian rock band Nickelback isn't shying away from returning to a major sports event, performing at the 2012 NHL Awards on Wednesday with two live performances at the Wynn Las Vegas.
It's been seven months since 55,000 fans signed a petition asking the NFL to keep Vancouver's Nickelback, which has sold more than 50 million albums, from perform at the annual U.S. Thanksgiving football game, between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.
Nickelback, formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, got the last laugh. There was only a smattering of boos at the game, while the CD the band was promoting -- "Here and Now" -- was propelled to No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
The 2012 NHL Awards will honor the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy). Actors Ray Liotta, Kevin Connolly, Matthew Perry and Vince Vaughn are among the celebrities scheduled to attend.
Playbook had a chance to spend a few minutes with Nickelback's lead singer, Chad Kroeger, to talk about hockey and fans.
Being from Canada, I can assume you’re hockey fans?
"Growing up in Alberta during the dynasty days, it was tough not to be an Edmonton Oilers fan. Not to say that there weren’t a couple of Calgary Flames fans, too. It was just a great time to be growing up there. It was a great time for hockey in Alberta."
April, 23, 2012
By Dave Wilson | ESPN.com
On Friday, the NHL announced that Canadian rock band Nickelback will headline the 2012 NHL Awards, "part of a strategic promotional alliance between the League and the band." Here's how fans dealt with the announcement, and the resulting use of Nickelback songs during playoff games this weekend: