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Both Sides of a Theme – Hockey Night in Canada

June 8, 2008
  In Canada, most everyone shares a love of hockey.  Even our friends to the south know that we are a hockey nation.  It is part of the Canadian identity.
  Canada has a public broadcast corporation called the CBC.  The CBC television station has a huge history of covering hockey games for longer then most Canadians can remember.  On weekends they have a program called "Hockey Night in Canada" it has been a part of Canadian television for more then 50 years, and before that on the radio since 1933.  I remember when I was young, my parents would be doing the ironing and watch hockey, cheering on the players or yelling at them to do better.  I watched for the cartoons of Peter Puck teaching the rules of the game during the period breaks.   
  Hockey Night in Canada has had a theme song for over 30 years by the same name.  It was composed by Vancouverite Dolores Claman in 1968, and is one of the longest running theme songs in broadcast history.  Some people call the Hockey Night in Canada Theme song the second national anthem.
  Wayne Gretzky once said it is the greatest song in Canada.  Wayne and a song clip
  Recently, CBC has been in negotiation with the owner through her agent for the price on the use of the song, as well as settling a lawsuit on how often it is used, but the negotiations have failed.  CBC has announced that it is starting a national contest to find a new theme song.  They are asking Canadians to write and record an original theme song, and the winner which will be selected by a jury of fans and experts, will receive $100,000 and the royalties will go to minor hockey.
  Dolores Claman states: "I am saddened by the decision of the CBC to drop the Hockey Night in Canada Theme after our lengthy history together. I nevertheless respect its right to move in a new direction."

   Announcement from Music & Visuals

  A furthur statement from Delores, according to the agent, will be made on Monday, June 9th.  After that, it is said that Canadians will be experiencing a period of mourning for the loss of a song that means so much to our identity.  So be kind to your fellow Canadian, give him a hug over a mug of Tim Horton’s coffee, and lets all hum together, "dum de dum de dum…".




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