the tradition continues… but on that other channel where pierre maguire keeps screaming into the tv at me for some reason


So CTV has purchased exclusive rights to the Hockey Night in Canada theme song, presumably for use on TSN and beyond. This feels a bit like Superman ripping off Batman’s theme song to score chicks, but I guess I can get behind any tactic that gives us dramatic closure on the CBC’s latest achievement in dumbness.

I was pretty sure that Hockey Night in Canada valued tradition, what with its constant references to the value of tradition – not to mention an opening sequence that began every Saturday night with black-and-white footage and the voice of Foster Hewitt. But apparently they value Exciting National Contests even more. Picking a new theme song is sure going to be Exciting! Even now, I can sense the members of April Wine reuniting to re-record Sign of the Gypsy Queen with hockey-based lyrics and cheeky references to Don Cherry’s neckties.

Having chosen novelty over tradition, CBC will surely be unveiling many more exciting “improvements” to HNIC, such as actually calling it HNIC – for coolness, dude – forcing all intermission guests to perform a dance number with Elliotte Friedman (viewers, you decide the winner: is it Darcy Tucker’s tango or Saku Koivu’s robot?) and transforming Coach’s Corner into the thrilling new game show Are You Smarter Than This Fifth-Grade Dropout?

Spoiler alert: Yes. Yes, you are.


the tradition continues… but on that other channel where pierre maguire keeps screaming into the tv at me for some reason

  1. Agreed it is ridiculous, but I’ve also got to say that April Wine are still together and touring. (And sound just as good as ever!)

  2. I don’t know if either is very re-assuring — winning a Smarter than Don Cherry contest, or that April Wine is still together and just as good as ever.
    If we have to move on from the traditional, i say let’s go Men Without Hats or a Lisa Dal Bello song from her many one-hits catalogue…

  3. It could be worse, Scott: think “Trooper” and “The Boys In The Bright White Sports Car” (or, for that matter, “Triumph” and the album version of “Armageddon”).

  4. CBC should just go with Stompin’ Tom’s “The Hockey Song” and be done with it.
    It’s the only way to keep hockey night in Canada from throwing every last shred of tradition out the window.
    Also, this quick decision would spare us the horror of an Exciting National Contest.

  5. I’ve got to agree wholeheartedly with Marilyn. Going with “The Hockey Song” would almost redeem the CBC for this idiocy.


    I’d imagine most people would think that was a great move (that is to say, as great a move as is possible given the historic awfulness of their last move).

    As for the Exciting National Contest (!) I feel about that about the same way I feel about Canadian Idol.

    I’d rather we have an Exciting National Root Canal.

  6. Let’s see how many National contest have worked out so far.
    The search for Canada’s Next Prime Minister
    Sugar Jones
    Who Wants to be Canada’s Next Top Model
    Any of the Canadian Idol Seasons.
    Sounds like all winners to me.