An iconic Canadien Singer has passed away – dying of natural causes at his home in Ontario this week. Stompin Tom Connors passed away on Wednesday at the age of 77.
He wrote more than 300 songs and released 4 dozen records. He loved his Canadien heritage, and many songs of his featured Canadien history and lore.
One of his more well known songs – piped into hockey arenas all over North America from the pee-wee’s to the National Hockey League is The Hockey Song.
Stompin Tom’s legacy will live on, as arena’s love to get the crowd going with his version of play-by-play – and fans of all ages enjoy adding their voice to the rendition.
Originally released in 1973 – Pat Burns made it popular in the NHL when he had it played during a game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Connors – and thank you for your music – and for writing an ode to the greatest game on earth.
The good old hockey game is the best game you can name, and the best game you can name is the good old hockey game.
Go ahead, sing along – we know you all know the words. Even just this once, for good old Stompin’ Tom.