Published Oct 25, 2018Stompin' Tom Connors' classic tune "The Hockey Song" is set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The song will be honoured during a ceremony this Saturday (October 27), prior to the puck drop at the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Originally released in 1973, the song combines Connors' signature stomp-along sound with three verses mirroring the three periods in a hockey game. It has since become a staple at every Leafs home game.
Other artists have even put their own spin on the track, including Corb Lund, the Good Brothers and Avril Lavigne.
Connors' family will be presented the award during Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday at the Scotiabank Arena, where Tim Hicks will perform a rendition of the track.
"The Connors family would like to express how appreciative we are to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for inducting 'The Hockey Song' to join so many other great Canadian songs that have helped shape our identity," said the songwriter's son Tom Connors Jr. in a statement. "Tom wrote this song in 1971 and it's wonderful to see how fans to this day, continue to call it their hockey anthem at all levels and ages of hockey players around the world. We hope his song will inspire others to pen memorable, identifiably-Canadian songs in the future for all to enjoy."
Tom Connors passed away in 2013 at the age of 77.