If you were hoping to hear the classic Hockey Night in Canada theme when you tuned into Wednesday’s Canadiens/Bruins game on TSN and RDS, you’re out of luck. TSN, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to replace the beloved song with a much, much worse version.
Montreal-based girl-rock band Simple Plan (who also recorded a new, lame goal song for the Canadiens) has been asked to come up with their version of The Hockey Theme, and unfortunately obliged. And it won’t stop at just Wednesday night’s game, even though TSN has asked a number of artists (Stompin’ Tom Connors had best be among them).
Simple Plan’s rock version of The Hockey Theme will be used in TSN and RDS broadcasts during intermissions at various points throughout the NHL season.
But fear not, people who don’t like awful pop punk!
But purists need not worry, Milliere said.
“We will always open our hockey broadcasts with the classic, 54-piece Toronto Symphony Orchestra version of “The Hockey Theme” and we’re just giving them another feel throughout the broadcast with a younger version.”
The TSN release describes the song as jaw-dropping. From what I heard, that’s not far off. That blimp crash in Lakehurst, N.J. was pretty jaw-dropping too.