The infamous Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) theme song is thankfully still going to be a part of Canadian hockey (via TSN and RDS). But you will not hear the song where it has belonged for over 40 years.
After more than a year of CBC negotiating to continue its right to the theme song, it was still unsuccessful. The owners were threatening to not allow it back into hockey at all. That is where CTV jumped in and saved it.
As glad as I am to still be able to hear that first note that gets my blood pumping, and tells me to crack open a beer, it just won't be the same.
Who in Canada hasn't put the TV on with the volume way up while doing something in another room, then dropped everything after hearing "Hello Canada, we're on the air" in order to plant in front of the screen?
I can bet that anyone you know in Canada, whether they're 1 or 100, will recognize the tune. I have a 2-year-old cousin who, as a game was starting, turned to me and said "watching hockey."
Sixty years is a long time to have the same theme song, and it was a fan favourite from the very beginning.
I am sure there are many others who are sad to see it leave HNIC, but I highly doubt they will begin to hate it. How could you feel anger against something that brought you such great pleasure? Some of us got to enjoy it our entire lives.
It doesn’t matter what the theme song is called now, or where it is used. The HNIC song will always be a reminder of Bob Cole, Harry Neale, and Greg Millen; Don Cherry and the Coach's Corner; the Satellite Hotstove; and, most importantly, the Stanley Cup.
Every time my cell phone rings, my mind will be filled with many good memories. Thank you, CBC, for making something so simple mean so much.