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Hockey video scores big

Virden squad's Christmas ditty goes viral on YouTube

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The Virden Oil Capitals may have started a new holiday tradition with a Christmas video that has gone viral.

Lindsay Gullett, marketing manager for the team, said the video was created for their fans as a fun way to wish them a Merry Christmas and help promote the team.

The video stars defenceman Curtis Houlden sporting a prominent moustache, and features the Manitoba Junior Hockey League team ice-dancing and lip-synching to the Andy Williams holiday classic It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It has received more than 35,000 views since it was posted on YouTube last Thursday.

"I got a text from my mom after she saw the video and she said that I've really set the bar, she warned me we'll have to do another one next year," said Gullett.

Gullett, who wrote most of the script with a few suggestions from the team, said it only took a few hours to film the whole thing.

Captain Cody Nelson said most team members weren't 100 per cent sold at the start but Gullett warmed them up to the idea.

"When I was trying to convince the team to do it, I tried to sell it by telling them the video could get two or three thousand views, and they would be famous," Gullett said jokingly. "Now we're all playing fun at Curtis and telling him he's not going to be on the team next year because he'll be in Hollywood instead."

Houlden, who was the most eager to get involved with the project, said the team has been getting a positive response from friends and family.

"Everyone loves it, they all think it's hilarious," he said.

Gullett wanted Houlden to star in the video because of his moustache. Houlden said he was growing it out for Movember, but kept it around so it would be featured in the video.

Saskatchewan figure skating pair Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, who hope to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics next year, also appear in the video. They use the same rink as the Oil Capitals and were happy to get involved.

Rob Newton, who is new to the team, said it was a nice way to get to know his teammates.

"It was a great way to break the ice between us," said Newton, a forward who joined the Capitals in November.

Nobody on the team thought the video was going to receive this much attention, but now they have seen the response, Gullett said they're motivated to film another one next year.

The video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?vtg4nfnGwHsU.

veronika.gorlova@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 17, 2013 A2

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