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Will 'Hockey Night in Canada' be able to successfully replace the old theme?
Wed, September 3, 2008

TORONTO - The CBC received nearly 15,000 submissions in its quest to find a new theme song for "Hockey Night in Canada."

A total of 14,685 entries were submitted to the broadcaster's Anthem Challenge contest prior to the Aug. 31 deadline, CBC said Wednesday.

The network is holding the Canada-wide search after the rights to the iconic jingle that opened its weekly hockey broadcast for some 40 years were snapped up by CTV in June.

Will 'Hockey Night in Canada' be able to successfully replace the old theme?

Full story: Nearly 15,000 submissions for Hockey Night in Canada theme contest



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Are you crazy?!?! It's almost our national anthem. Why would anyone want to change it?
Adele, 2008-06-06 11:52:57

Remember what happened when they tried this with Ron MacLean? The CBC will give in.

But let's get one thing straight. This is not about politics (so forget your conspiracy theories); this is about money. The CBC doesn't want to pay royalties to the composer, who rightfully deserves them.
Russ, 2008-06-06 11:38:11

Dave;

CBC drops the theme to HNIC and it's Stephen Harper's fault....lol, now i've heard it all, you left-wing looney liberals are getting scary, and stupider if that's possible. go back and crawl under your rock.
rob, 2008-06-06 11:37:31

While it may not be a sound idea for the CBC, I can see what they are up against. They're facing a 2 million dollar lawsuit from the composer of the song, who wants them to keep increasings its value by playing it. I personally wouldn't deal with anyone I was in litigation against. The litigation may have been a blessing for the CBC in disguise: Tell me that a Canadian Idol with a hockey theme twist isn't going to do big numbers and big coin?
Will, 2008-06-06 11:36:54

Pony up and pay the lady some more money CBC - Cheap Bozo Corporation ... this song is an institution :(
Hockey Guy, 2008-06-06 11:34:30

That theme is Canada and Canada is hockey. It's our theme song as much as our National Athem is.
M, 2008-06-06 11:32:27

I think it is another misguided move by the CBC. I hope they will reconsider!
John Ashbridge, 2008-06-06 11:04:14

Just the beginning.... once we've gotten over this they plan on changing the name of the show to "Hockey Night". It's already been reported in the news. They're slowly removing "Canada" from everything we cherish.
Roger Fraser, 2008-06-06 10:47:10

You all are making too much out of a damn song! This might be for the best, you know what I mean? What have all your 'traditions' done for ice hockey? Its still the least watched pro sport in the world, behind baseball, basketball, and football. You all need to embrace change. Maybe add a Garth Brooks theme song. Ol' Garth sure gets ME fired up. It's all that wacky Canadian stuff that keeps us real sports fans away from ice hockey. Man, I liked those little cartoon robots that used to shoot each other up on Fox whenever someone scored a point. You all need to accept it Canada, we're in the 20th century now and you need to adapt or be left behind.
Vaughn in Atlanta, 2008-06-06 10:42:07

i don't think it's a good move. that song is Iconic for Canadians (generations X and Y). It's synonamous with hockey. it truly is like the national anthem of the sport for us. As for Cherry, he is getting on in years...I don't see him or Ron Doing it for much longer, but as long as they are in good health why not. Remember though if they step down someone with as much personality needs to host the show otherwise it'll suck like many a bad call from sportscaster Millen on plays.
gerry, 2008-06-06 10:30:16

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