He'll get you that shit that Gretzky skate on...
Compared to basketball, football, and baseball (and golf...and soccer...and NASCAR), ice hockey doesn't get that much love in rap lyrics—you know: it's cold, there's crazy white people with masks and sticks, etc. etc. (word to Nat X). That's why it always catches our attention when an MC drops a hockey reference in a verse. Most recently, it was the homie Mibbs from Pac Div (on "Knuckleheadz" from the group's new Complex-co-signed mixtape) who got icey with it: "It get colder than a polar, or Ovechkin with the puck."
The Ovie reference got us thinking about our favorite hip-hop hockey moments of the past. (Ed. note: Sorry Kardi, Saukrates, Maestro Fresh Wes, et. al.—we excluded all Canadian rappers. Y'all supposed to be talking about hockey!) So then, get your puck on and enjoy rap's greatest lyrical nods to hockey. Skate, skate, skate, skate!