U.S. anthem entries put on ice

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

America has come after our natural resources, health care professionals, top artists and comedians and even Wayne Gretzky, but it won't get one stanza of the CBC's new hockey song.

Of the 15,000 entries the network received for Canada's new shinny anthem, a number came from the United States, including one from the hockey hotbed of Mission Hills, Kan.

Fear not says Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports, the Mother Corp has put in language ensuring the winner is Canadian or a legal Canadian resident.

"Not that we didn't feel (an international) could come up with something good," Moore says, "but this is a piece of Canadiana."

A possible loophole was an American band writing and recording the song with a Canadian member filing the paperwork, but Moore says there is a distinct rule that the majority of such a group must be Canadians.

"We have some pretty smart lawyers," Moore said.

Five finalists have been chosen, four individuals and one group, and with the help of Juno award winning producer Bob Rock, their compositions are being introduced this week, starting nightly last evening on CBC's The Hour.


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