Sportsong of the Week #34 is played in NHL arenas in all of Canada and America: Stompin' Tom Connors' 'Good old hockey game'. It's not hard to guess what this song is about and it's one thats fits the sportsong category like a goalie's glove!
It was originally written in 1973 by Canadian folksinger Stompin' Tom Connors, as it appeared on Connors' album, fittingly called, Stompin' Tom and the Hockey Song. But it got very popular in 1992 when the Ottawa Senators played it at their game. Pat Burns, then coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, insisted it be played in Toronto as well, and almost all arenas followed!
The verses of the song are split up so that each one describes a period of play in a typical hockey game. In the first verse Connors sings, "Someone roars, Bobby scores!". This was probably done because many popular players in the NHL at the time were named Bobby, namely Bobby Orr, Bobby Clarke, and Bobby Hull. In the last verse Connors sings that it is the last game of the playoffs and the "Stanley Cup is all filled up for the champs that win the drink". He later also sings "The puck is in, the home team wins!". In concert he would sometimes change "home team" to an actual team based on where he was playing. In this live version he sings Canada for instance!
Lyrics 'Good old hockey game' - Stompin' Tom Connors