Introducing Joe Sova

Nearly ten seconds after Joe Sova was acquired via trade from the New Jersey Devils (Alexei Ponikarovsky for fourth round 2012 pick and Sova) Chasing Checkers contributor Haley and I began cracking jokes to defer the shock of the trade. Suddenly Haley started singing Jay-Z’s “Izzo”… but with a twist. This little remix turned into an entire remake, Checkers style.

Ladies and gentlemen, put our hands together for the astonishing…
S to the izz-O…V to the izz-A…

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 8th wonder of the world
The flow o’ the century…oh it’s timeless…SOVE!
Thanks for comin’ out tonight
You coulda been anywhere in the world, but you’re here with me
I appreciate that…uuunnnh…

S to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Fo’ shizzle my nizzle used to dangle up in NJ
Was scorin’ em in the state of the garden
Got it dirt cheap for them
Plus if they was short wit’ cheese I would work wit’ them
Boy and we…got rid of that dirt for them
Wasn’t born grinders I was checkin’ em
S to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Fo’ sheezy my neezy keep my arms so breezy
Can’t leave puck alone the game needs me
Haters want me knocked and benched it ain’t easy
Teams wanna knock me, Refs wanna box me in
But somehow, I beat them penalties like Suttsy
S to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Not guilty, he who does not feel me is not real to me
Therefore he doesn’t exist
So poof…vamoose son of a [expletive]

S to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Fo’ shizzle my nizzle used to dangle up in NJ
S to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
That’s the anthem get’cha foam hands up
S to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Not guilty ya’ll got-ta feel me
S to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
That’s the anthem get’cha foam hands UP!

I do this for my culture
To let ’em know what a d-man look like…when a d-man is a Checker
Show ’em how to deke on a rink full ‘o dusters
Iron League beastly, it need to be taken over
Ticket owners love me I’m raisin’ the Calder Cup up
I’m always chirpin’ benders for how they did on the odd rush
Watch us like you own us for all the years that you hold us
We can talk, but scorin’ talks so talk mo’ pucks


Sove is back, life stories told through wrap
around chances like I’m Zach Boychuk
Like I’m scoring soft goals…no…
Sove did that so hopefully you won’t have to go through that
I was raised in the Chi-town, Blackhawks and Bulls
Smokeshows out back, stealin’ Bellemore’s sofa
Murphy’s in the blue paint, focused on the save
Bunnies at the glass seats, focused on the beauties
Me guarding the blue line, why you think you’ll score goals?
Stick’s in my palm, watchin’ the hard shot o’ Bowman
So you know I seen it all before
I seen show dreams deflate like a true fiend’s weight
To try and to fail, the two things I hate
Succeed in this gongshow, the two things is great
S to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
What else can I say about dude, I gets “biznasty”


Joe Sova is a 23 year old right shot who attented University of Alaska-Fairbanks, racking up 58 points with 13 goals and 45 assists over three seasons. He was named top rookie in 08-09 at Alaska-Fairbanks and played three seasons of his junior career in the USHL with the Omaha Lancers and Sioux City.

He hails from Berwyn, IL, a suburb of Chicago, and has split time between the AHL’s Albany Devils and the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. He’s a -6 through 11 games with 1 goal and 3 assists at the AHL level. With the K-Wings he’s a +10 with 2 goals and 5 assists.

Judging by some other facts we found, he really likes BBQ (which should make him very happy to be in Carolina)…. We’re very excited to welcome him to Charlotte and to see how he fits in on our blue line. And we hope we didn’t add any extra pressure to his fresh start here with our song! (Though we have faith he’s capable of doing all of these things!)


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