Luc Robitaille, apparently, didn’t make the connection right away.
“It depends on who you ask,” John Ondrasik , a new Kings’ blogger (linked here), tells the Daily News’ Jill Painter in today’s Sunday Q-and-A. “In Canada, they don’t even need to hear the music. They know. In the South, people are asking if it’s a fifth guy. Over the year, folks have figured out that Five for Fighting is a hockey term. It was inspired by Marty McSorley. Back in the ’90s, the label said, `the male singer-songwriter is dead. You need a band name.’ I’d just come from a Kings game, and I thought, “Five for Fighting.” The label loved it. I thought, `You’re crazy.’ It might sound like a heavy-metal band, but 10 years later I’m still kicking.”
Jill’s complete Q-and-A at this link.