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The Ultimate Guide To Hockey Valley

Penn State hockey can be considered tough, gritty, and a force to be reckoned with. What puts it on the map, though? The Roar Zone.

The Penn State student section has often been touted as a top hockey student section. Because fans show up to every home game and even a few away matchups, the Nittany Lion faithful can often be the difference in the outcome of any given game.

The Roar Zone can be intimidating to newcomers to the sport. The chants and dances may scare new fans away. So, to help ease that fear, let’s take a look at the complete guide to mastering the art of the Roar Zone.

Chants You Need To Know

To make the Hockey Valley experience as easy as possible, below are the chants you’ll probably want to become familiar with.

Start Of The Game

  • When the opposing team’s lineup is announced, yell “sucks” after their name.
  • As soon as the puck hits the ice, this chant comes alive. The chant consists of three “Hockey Valley” chants followed by claps.
  • The current president of the Roar Zone will yell, “Hey everybody, say hi to my friend (opposing goalie’s first name).” The rest of the section will reply with, “Hi (opposing goalie’s first name).” You would then yell, “(opposing goalie’s first name) sucks” three times.
  • All you have to do is sing your heart out to PJ Mullen’s remix of “Timber.”

Throughout The Game

  • “We Love Ya”
    • This one is really common and might happen a few times a game:
    • We love ya, we love ya, we love ya
      And that is why we follow, we follow, we follow
      Cause we support the Lions, the Lions, the Lions
      And that’s the way we like it we like it we like it!
      Oh-oh-ohhh, Woah-oh-oh-ohh, Oh-oh-ohhh, Woah-oh-oh-ohh
  • “Come On Lions”
    • When the team needs a little boost, boast this chant to the tune of “Yankee Doodle:”
    • Come on Lions score a goal
      It’s really, really simple
      Put the puck into the net, and we’ll go flipping mental
  • “Oooh See Ya”
    • Power plays are a huge part of hockey, and the Roar Zone loves to celebrate when the Nittany Lions go to the man advantage. With your pointer finger in the air circling, yell “oooohhhh” as the opposing player who committed the penalty skates into the box. As soon as they get to the box, yell “See ya.”
  • “Full Strength”
    • Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions might get a penalty, too. To celebrate Penn State returning to full strength, the student section will yell, “We’re always at full strength!” Followed by a quieter chant of “Except when we’re not.”

Third Period

  • “Hey Everybody” (reprise)
    • With the opposing goalie back in the same end as the Roar Zone, the president will shout, “Hey (insert goalie’s first name), we’re still here.” The Roar Zone will then chime in with, “And you still suck.”
  • “Start the Buses”
    • If the Nittany Lions are ahead by multiple goals or about to sweep a series, the Roar Zone may chant, “Start the buses!”
  • “Hey Hey, Goodbye”
    • In the case of a series sweep, the Roar Zones pulls this common sports chant out: “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!”

Goal Celebration

  • “It’s All Your Fault”
    • After Penn State scores a goal, the Roar Zone starts chanting “It’s all your fault.”
  • “Hey Baby”
    • Now this chant is to the tune of “Hey Baby” by Bruce Channel. After the “It’s All Your Fault” chant, the Roar Zone starts to sing a negative version of the classic song: “Hey, hey (insert opposing goalie’s name), YOU SUCK! I wanna know, why you suck so bad, sucks every night!” 

End Of Game

  • Alma Mater
    • Like any other Penn State sporting event, the game is concluded with the singing of the Penn State Alma Mater.

More information about the Roar Zone and how to join can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and its website.

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Alex Smith

Alex is a first-year Journalism major from Tampa, Florida. If you want to debate any sport (including pickleball), she's your girl. Her email is [email protected]!

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