Arguably Stompin’ Tom Connors’ most famous song will no doubt live on in hockey arenas forever.
If you’ve ever been to a game you’ve likely heard “The Hockey Song”. The Regina Pats play it almost, if not every home game, and decided to pay their own small tribute during last night’s game versus the Edmonton Oil Kings.
“When we made the announcement there was kind of a rumbling around the building; you could hear people talking about it,” said the team’s Communications Manager Daniel Fink.
In addition to the public address announcement, Fink said they played the song numerous times throughout the night. He said it’s a part of the hockey community.
“One that’s been integral to the hockey culture. Just taking about sitting down in front of the TV on Saturday nights and watching some hockey and everybody getting together to enjoy just the great sport that we all love. He really captured it in that song.”
Fink said the song resonates with most fans, whether they’re young or old, and even if they don’t know much about Stompin’ Tom, they know him simply for the song.
Connors hailed as Canadian icon
Tweets remembering Connors spread across social media sites Wednesday night with recognition from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and even Saskatoon rockers the Sheepdogs.
He is also being called a "Canadian icon" and a "national treasure" by the President and CEO of the Juno Awards.
Melanie Berry said his songs, such as "Bud the Spud" and "The Hockey Song" have "contributed to the fabric of this country... in a rare and connective way."
A PR rep for the Junos said it's much too early to say whether Stompin' Tom will be remembered for his contribution to Canadian music at the event being held in Regina next month.
Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson with files from Amanda Purcell
We have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin' Tom Connors. You played the best game that could be played.