National Hockey League

Arkells Want to Make Ottawa Senators Captain Brady Tkachuk a Backup Singer


A recent on-ice performance of "Leather Jacket" has made him a shoo-in for the gig Photos: Matt Forsythe (left), @Sportsnet (right, Twitter)


After inviting Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse onstage for some guitar solo action in 2019, the band have now turned to Ottawa Senators captain Brady Tkachuk for some help with backing vocals.Unlike Nurse, who got his invite to join the band after guiding the Raptors to their first-ever NBA championship , Tkachuk caught Arkells' attention after something of an unofficial audition tape was shared by the NHL team on social media.


A clip posted today by the Senators finds Tkachuk in conversation with teammate Drake Batherson (wearing a microphone) during a practice, telling him how he was recently introduced to "the sickest song of all time" — "Leather Jacket," from Arkells' 2014 album High Noon .


Sure, Tkachuk forgot some of the lyrics, and he may be a bit winded after skating hard, but his performance in that moment was good enough for Arkells to give their backup vocal blessing.


No matter what you think of Tkachuk's vocal talents, Ottawa Senators fans will know his showmanship and ability to work a crowd are undeniable.


At present, there is no scheduled game — home or away — that overlaps with Arkells' February 10 stop in Ottawa on their 2022 tour , so here's hoping Tkachuk can make the gig.






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