'La Bamba' singers wish Oilers good luck

On Monday, the band that performed "La Bamba" hopes to hear "La Bamba" again.

Before Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, Los Lobos, the band that rose to fame in 1987 after their cover of the late Ritchie Valens' hallmark song hit the charts around the world, gave a tribute to the Edmonton Oilers.

"Let's get it done, Oilers! Baby, play 'La Bamba!' "Louie Perez, Steve Berlin, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, and David Hidalgo, members of the band, said in a video uploaded on social media pages.

For the Oilers, "La Bamba" has taken on a new significance. It's one of the great winning songs for any professional sports club, but especially for the Oilers

 according to living superstar Wayne Gretzky. Joey Moss, a long-time locker room attendant, was honoured in this song.

"The 'La Bamba' song originates from a team Christmas celebration [we] had every year," Gretzky, who played for the Oilers from 1979 to 1988, stated on Saturday's episode of 'NHL on TNT.' 

We'd have a live band playing, and [Moss] would stand up and perform 'La Bamba.'"

Moss, who was born with Down syndrome, volunteered for 35 years in the Oilers locker room. The Edmonton native joined the team in 1985 and rapidly established himself as a fan favourite. He passed away on October 26, 2020, at the age of 57.

"La Bamba" is now the Oilers' song in Moss' honour. The Oilers promised to play the tune after every win at Rogers Place before the start of the 2021-22 season.