HON­OUR FOR THE HOCKEY SONG

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

From coast to coast, The Hockey Song has been as pop­u­lar as the Hockey Night In Canada theme. Now, Stompin’ Tom Con­nors’ iconic tune will be in­ducted in the Cana­dian Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame in a cer­e­mony at Satur­day’s Leafs-Jets game at Sco­tia­bank Arena.

“I truly did want it to be­come the an­them that it has,” Con­nors said be­fore his death in 2013. “I tried to write it in a way where I was in an arena and hear­ing it my­self.”

Penned in 1971, it didn’t get much air play upon re­lease, but sus­tained a pulse through Con­nors’ mu­si­cal trav­els and ra­dio sta­tions here and there. The grad­ual rise of recorded mu­sic in are­nas brought The Hockey Song back to life in 1992.

Tom Con­nors Jr. and fam­ily will be pre­sented with a plaque rec­og­niz­ing the song’s in­duc­tion Satur­day and ris­ing coun­try star Tim Hicks will per­form it.

Stompin’ Tom Con­nors

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