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Strome Explains Why He Chose ‘The Middle’ For Capitals Goal Song

Dylan Strome shares the story behind his goal song: “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World.



ARLINGTON, V.A. — In several ways, "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World sums up Washington Capitals' Dylan Strome's career so far, as he's starting to put all the pieces of his game together as he hit his stride at 25 years old. After all, he is in the "middle of the ride," but that's not really the reason behind his goal song.

Strome shared the story behind picking the classic for what plays when he finds twine at Capital One Arena, and started off by explaining that it's not because he's the middle child. His older brother, Ryan, plays for the Anaheim Ducks, while his youngest brother, Matt, plays for the Capitals' AHL-affiliate Hershey Bears.

In fact, there's not really much of a story to it at all.

"I just liked the song. My wife and I were listening to a bunch of songs, and I liked that one a lot," Strome said, adding that he chose that out of a couple other options he had available.

He added that his favorite goal song is actually Conor Sheary's. No. 73 kept it simple with an ode to his last name and chose "Sherry" by the Four Seasons.

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In the end, though, Strome affirmed that his selection ultimately came down to a vibe check, and Jimmy Eat World passed.

"I like it. Good vibes," he smiled.

Strome has been a solid addition to the Washington lineup, as he has eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points in 44 games. He is on pace to hit a career-high 58 points, which would also be his first 50-point season since 2018-19 with the Chicago Blackhawks. Strome came in on a one-year, $3.5 million deal this offseason to help fill Nicklas Backstrom's void, and he has proven to be a key part of the top 6 while the team is advocating for him to be voted into the 2023 NHL All-Star Game, where he would join Alex Ovechkin.

The 6-3 center will be a restricted free agent at the end of the campaign.

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