Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Goal Horn Section Now Open!

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As a hockey fan, we all notice the goal horns at games. They can accompany the greatest excitement for a hockey fan, or the greatest disappointment if you are rooting for the away team. Every NHL arena has one... or do they??? I have spent the last couple years compiling bits and pieces about as many horns as possible. You would think I would have much more info than this on them over that amount of time, but it turns out that many teams and arenas are not too eager to give out too much information about their game entertainment center piece. Most teams responded to me with at least a little information. To those teams I am very thankful! There are a few teams that failed to respond to any of my emails, and I must say that I was quite surprised and disappointed at their public relations practices.  Now we have a new section devoted to goal horns and we have some new information and photos!


First of all here are a few fun facts about goal horns:

  • Chicago was the first team to use a goal horn back in the 70's. 
  • In 1996, the NHL responded to the use of goal horns with a new set of rules regarding horns and music and when and how loud they could be played.
  • Two NHL teams currently use a recording of a goal horn rather than using a real horn. One of those teams will be discussed in part 1, the other in part 2.
  • Most of the leagues goal horns live up in the rafters, many of them out of sight. 
  • Several teams have horns that were originally on a vessel. 
  • In most cases, goal horns are NOT triggered by the controls that run the scoreboard. They are in no way tied into that system. 
  • Many teams that relocate to a new arena will bring their old goal horn along with them.
Ok, enough with that! Time to check out our new goal horn section! CLICK HERE

Also you can access the new section from the homepage by selecting Features, and then clicking on NHL Goal Horns.

33 comments :

  1. No comments? Let me change that! Excellent job, this has made me curious and it is a compelling subject. Thanks for the good read!

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  2. Thank you! Your feedback is appreciated! Be sure to check out Part 2 if you haven't already!

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  3. Thanks for putting this together! I love goal horns

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  4. It's funny what Google will dig up lol. I've always wondered about this and as I'm watching the playoffs I realized I don't like the sound of some horns. As a Blackhawks fan I knew we were the originators and always loved the sound of our horn. I think Dallas has a similar sounding horn. Some horns sound so crappy in my opinion. And Boston? What's with the recorded horn? How lame!

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    1. Yes, I too was disappointed in Boston and New York Rangers for not having real horns!

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    2. The TD Garden Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TD_Garden) claims that the Bruins do at least use a legit vintage end-of-period siren.

      Small consolation, I know, but it's something. They should still get a real horn though.

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  5. ok.... for part 1 worst horn without a doubt is the ducks. It literally sounds like a duck thats getting run over by a truck. I'll have to run through Part 2 again but it's probably the worst in the league. Colorado is a close second.

    Best horn.....the Hawks of course ;) there's just something about its tone I think it has the best sound.... not to mention its right in broad daylight where it can be seen. Why does everybody hide them up in the catwalk??? They're awesome! Dallas, Florida, Edmonton, and Detroit all sound good too.

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  6. I went on the Kahlenberg website and i think i found what type the Blackhawks goal horn is. I think its the Q3-483-2 air alarm. Try listening to it!

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  7. Ducks' horn is a Ibuki 200 fog horn.

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  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hSqr5_I3no


    here a good recording of habs horn...

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  9. The goal horns across the league are terrible and a bad idea. I'd prefer to hear the fans instead. Enough of this manufactured nonsense.

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  10. Hello To the authors. I am going to a ducks game tonight. If i can get a picture of the horn would you like me to send it your way?

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    1. YES!!! That would be awesome and I will make sure you get full credit for the photo!

      I really figured it might be hidden to the point where you couldnt see it from the seats. Good luck and enjoy the game!

      PS the email you can send it is frozenfaceoff57@gmail.com

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    2. Pmoritz, did you have any luck last night at the Ducks game?

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    3. Sadly no i did not. I looked from all angles of the stadium and the horn must be set way back in the rafters. there is a huge overhang that is over section 418 (where the horn lives) and you can't see that thing from any angle of the stadium. I wish i knew some people that could get me up there so I could get a picture for you and send it your way. I might have a new article for you though. It sounded like the flyers were having some major horn issues tonight during their game against the rangers. maybe we should send the flyers horn a get well soon card :/

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  11. The Islander guy might have given you inaccurate information, although it is possible that Kahlenberg did custom tune a T2 for Islander use. However, if you look at the Kahlenberg Website, compare the T2 to the T3A. The T3A is dead on, the exact frequencys of the Islanders goal horn. The T2 is not. Gotta love the Kahlenberg website providing audio clips of many of their horns.

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  12. Canucks posted a short behind the scenes video about their goal horn:

    http://video.canucks.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=239948

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  13. This site is great, exactly what I was looking for! Unfortunately, I can't hear any of the horns - it just doesn't work. The graphics work, but no sound. I'm using a Mac, and I the sound is working. Oh well!

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  14. Might go to soundcloud.com and check out the help section. There might be something that helps you with Mac troubleshooting. Sounds seem to work on my PC, iPhone and iPad. Perhaps your browser settings are blocking them from playing for some reason.

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  15. https://soundcloud.com/joseph-lambert-1/rainbow-rocks-goal-horn

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  16. I think Columbus has a Kahlenberg S-203C horn, too. Look at a highlight video and it sounds more like that. You could try to update the sound clip with it too. Good job putting this together, by the way.

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  17. You say minny's and chicago's horn types are the same? Q3?

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  18. Im certain its also a khahlenberg f3 but they tuned it to have a much louder G#. Still, I think the f3 has five chimes but I only see four under the chicago scoreboard?!

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  19. Hey Frozen Faceoff! If Hockey fans want to turn their car into the Saddledome check have them check out this link! https://www.hornblasters.com/products/details.php?i=shocker-228vx-train-horn-kit
    It is the same horn that the flames have in their barn (as you stated in your short synopsis). I will be turning my 2008 Honda Fit into the SaddleDome when I get a few more bucks!

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  20. Hey frozen faceoff I found the Sharks horn its ON the catwalk in between section 207 and 208

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  21. Here's the photo:

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ivQ7rFVI2-I/UQNhyc9N82I/AAAAAAAAMdU/gCV7sCML0tA/s640/Sharks%2520Pac%2520Division.jpeg

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  22. WOW, what a find! Thank you. I am working on a new goal horns section and I will be sure to get that up. This is awesome!

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  23. Frozen Faceoff me again with a possible finding of the Capitals horn.

    NOTE: Look above the Georgetown NCAA championship banner I think I see two horns of the Kahlenberg F3

    Here's the photo:
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4029/4262283927_ca190af220_z.jpg

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  24. ***UPDATE*** Dallas Stars goal horn found and it's a bronze color.

    NOTE: YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE CENTER OF THE PHOTO (ZOOMED IN)

    Here's the photo:
    http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z151/Van-Murph/Panthers%20At%20Dallas%2010-30-09/c3cf47cf.jpg

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  25. Wow, you are on a roll! Incredible work! Ive added this to the things to add to the new goal horn page.

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  26. Frozen Faceoff, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal horn is probably a fog horn, but I'm not so sure yet

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  27. I found the New York Islanders goal horn. It is above the right blue line closest to the north goal. I sent you a picture.

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