Canada, and the game of hockey, have just lost potentially their most prolific singer, as Stompin’ Tom Connors passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 77.
The musician, rarely seen without his signature black cowboy hat and stomping cowboy boots, was best known for songs ”Sudbury Saturday Night,” ”Bud the Spud” and especially ”The Hockey Song,” a fan favorite played at hockey arenas around North America.
Those three songs are played at every Toronto Maple Leafs home game. At Toronto’s Air Canada Centre Wednesday night, many fans took to their feet as ”The Hockey Song” was played after Connors’ death was announced.
Although wide commercial appeal eluded Connors for much of his four-decade career, his songs are regarded as veritable national anthems thanks to their unabashed embrace of all things Canada.
”The hockey song was the biggest one,” Edwards said. ”Domestically he was known everywhere.”
On Twitter, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said ”we have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin’ Tom Connors. You played the best game that could be played.”
The National Hockey League tweeted: ”Sad to hear that legendary Canadian Stompin’ Tom Connors has passed. His legacy lives on in arenas every time ‘The Hockey Song’ is played.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. RIP Tom Connors, you will be missed.
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