As a popular member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Wendel Clark had a song written about him. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
The hockey world often slips in to other elements of our culture, including books and movies. In addition, there is a rich history of hockey-themed music to consider. What are the top hockey-related songs of all time? That’s our focus in this week’s THN.com Top 10.
Eddie Shack, one of the most beloved Maple Leafs in the team’s storied history, never was more popular than in 1966, when this song was released in his honor. The tune topped the Canadian music charts and remained on them for more than two months.
This well-known and now-disbanded Toronto group paid tribute to the legendary Leaf in one of their first popular songs. Band member Dave Bidini (http://www.davebidini.ca/) went on to become a prolific hockey writer and playwright.
Another Toronto-area group, TPOH had a string of Canadian hits in the 1980s. Lead singer Moe Berg (www.twitter.com/moeTPOH), a Torontonian transplanted from Edmonton, was a Blackhawks fan as a kid, but even he had to bow down to arguably hockey’s greatest player.
Edwards is a brilliant singer-songwriter – and while this relationship song isn’t specifically about any one hockey player or event, the chorus “I’m tired of playing defense/I don’t even have hockey skates” is one of many testaments to the Ottawa native’s love for the game.
The Boston punk rock band are committed puck fans and Bruins supporters, so it was only natural they would release a song celebrating the team and the sport.
Where most rock bands write the occasional song about hockey, the Connecticut-based Zambonis write songs only about the game. This tune is arguably their most famous.
The late Chicago-born musician was a noted hockey fan and this song, about a Canadian farm boy trying to make it as an enforcer, made enough of a cultural impact that famous director Kevin Smith (Clerks) will be releasing a movie in 2013 based on it.
The Hip’s famous frontman Gord Downie is the godson of former Bruins coach/GM Harry Sinden, but this song – a tribute to legendary Leafs defenseman Bill Barilko – will forever be popular among Toronto fans.
Yes, this easy-to-sing-to song might have been played a bit too often for some people’s liking, but it has earned its spot as arguably the most recognizable hockey tune ever recorded and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013.
Cochrane has made more money off his monster hit Life Is A Highway, but he’ll always be beloved in the hockey community for this tune that every young hockey player can relate to.
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