NHL:The Adventures of Ron & Don: The Search for a New Hockey Theme Song - Part 1

Adam WrightSenior Analyst IJune 18, 2008

After the loss of their Hockey Night in Canada Theme Song, CBC executives were desperate to find a new theme song.  The network decided to launch an online contest letting fans submit their new theme songs, but aware that this plan could go wrong, CBC had a “Plan B.”

Their plan was to send their two brightest minds to look for their new theme song.  And who are these two bright minds?  None other than Ron MacLean and Don Cherry!

Nation, the fate of Hockey Night in Canada is in their hands!  I welcome to you to “The Adventures of Ron & Don: The Search for a New Theme Song.”


Part 1, Day 1

The search began in Toronto, on a Monday.  The town was still buzzing from an Award Ceremony the town hosted the night before.  All the biggest stars were in town.  From music, to television, to movies, Toronto was Hollywood for that night.

Early Monday morning, Ron and Don were up early. Knowing that the town would still be full of stars, they spread the word the night before that they would be holding auditions later that day at the Air Canada Center.

Any celebrity was welcome to appear to audition.  Surely with all that talent, it would be easy to find a suitable choice for a new theme song.

Monday afternoon.  Ron MacLean and Don Cherry are all set up at a table.  There’s a small stage set up in front of them, where the auditions will take place.


Ron: Are you sure about this?

Don: Look, CBC sent us to find a song.  And I’m willing to bet anything that today we will find that new song.

Ron is quiet.

Don: Am I ever wrong?

Ron smirks.

Don: Hey, Have you ever won Coach of The Year?  Thought so!

Ron: Alright Simon, let’s begin.

Don: What did you call me?


Just then, the first performer walks on stage.


Don: Name?

Performer:  Timbaland.

Don: Timba who?

Ron: It’s Timbaland, Don.  Singer, producer—he’s worked with some of the biggest stars in the business today.

Timbaland: That’s right, Ron.

Don: Honest to God, I’ve never heard of him!

Ron: Anyway, Timbaland, what makes you think you're right for this gig?

Don: Gig?

Timbaland: Well, it’s like this.  I’ve always been a hockey fan.  And I know I can make this product better.  Make it BIG.  That’s what I do.  Just my name has boosted careers.

Ron: Alright, let’s hear it.



Promiscuous girl
Wherever you are
I’m all alone
And it's you that I want


Don: Whoa whoa!  I know that song.  Good ol' Canadian girl Nelly Furtado sings that!

Timbaland: Ummm, so do I.

Don: Where is SHE?

Timbaland: She’s not here with me today.

Don: I see... Thank you, but you’re not right for us!

Ron: But...

Don: See ya!

Timbaland laughs.

Timbaland: Alright, see y'all later. And remember...It’s too late to apologize.

Timbaland leaves the stage.

Don: That sounded familiar too. Ah well, NEXT!


The next performer walks on stage.



Performer: Hey, I’m Rihanna.

Don can’t speak.

Ron: Well Rihanna, congrats!  This is the first time I’ve seen Don here shut up!  Haha.  That’s one point for you.  What makes you think you're right for this?

Rihanna: I think I have a lot to bring to the program.

Don nods.

Ron: Alright then, whenever you’re ready.

Just then, Rihanna opens an umbrella.  Ron and Don both jump back



When the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath I'ma stick it out till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella

Don: Ella ella eh eh eh eh eh eh...

Ron: Wow! Ummm...

Don: I like her!

Ron: But it has nothing to do with hockey.

Don: Well...high sticking comes to mind.

Ron: Alright, you little beautiful, but it’s just not right for us.

Rihanna: Alright, thanks.

Rihanna walks off the stage.

Ron: So much for this plan...

Don: Listen, we still have one more audition!


The last performer of the day walks on stage.


Don: Name?

Ron: Don, it’s...

Performer: I’m Bono, from U2.

Don: Oh yeah, listen—I have huge respect for you and all the charity work.

Don gives his signature thumbs-up.

Ron: Alright, you obviously can bring a lot to Hockey Night in Canada. So, whenever you’re ready.



It's a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away

You're on the road
But you've got no destination
You're in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You love this town
Even if that doesn't ring true
You've been all over
And it's been all over you

It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
It's a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I'm not a hopeless case


Ron MacLean looks very impressed.  Don leans over to Ron and whispers.

Don: Isn’t he...European?                         

Ron: So what!

Don: Sorry Bono, you’re not right for this.

Bono: Alright, here I thought I could save CBC.  Guess you don’t want saving.

Bono walks off the stage.

Don: What he say to me?

Ron: He said today was a waste of time!

Don: Now now, this was only Day 1.

Ron looks discouraged.


Will Ron and Don find CBC a new theme song for Hockey Night in Canada?  Tune in for Part 2 of “The Adventures of Ron & Don: The Search for a New Theme Song” to find out!