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News, Notes and Hockey Insights - 5/21/2012

by Frank Albin / San Jose Sharks

If you are reading this there’s a high probability that hockey is one of your passions in life. I was 10 years old when I discovered the NHL and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Another one of my passions is music. I have a hard time getting through the day without listening some of my favorite tunes. Also with help from my on-line music streaming service, there are many ways to find new and exciting music.

The connection of hockey and music is a natural. One of these days make sure to get to HP Pavilion early to watch the pregame warm-up. The players pick the music in order to help them up for the game. They also use music inside the dressing room before the game, sharing DJ duties among themselves. The Sharks have also had a few players with musical talent. Mark Smith and Devin Setoguchi come to mind.

Q: So what happens when my 2 interests collide? A: Hockey music.

In no particular order I offer for your approval…..

“I Wanna Drive the Zamboni” by Rick Zellar. Everybody loves the zamboni. It’s as big as the players and the game itself. I wouldn’t mind giving it a ride myself.

“Fireworks” by The Tragically Hip. These Canadian rockers love their hockey and mention it often in their songs. Lead singer Gord Downie is the nephew of long-time Bruins’ GM Harry Sinden. ‘Fireworks’ tells the story of a young man learning sometimes hockey and girlfriends don’t mix.

“If there's a goal that everyone remembers it was back in ole' 72
We all squeezed the stick and we all pulled the trigger
And all I remember was sitting beside you
You said you didn't give a -darn- about hockey
And I never saw someone say that before
You held my hand and we walked home the long way
You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr”

“Right Back Where we Started From” by Maxine Nightengale. While there are no lyrical references and doesn’t have the hard driving sound, this song is a classic for anyone who has seen the 5-star 1975 hockey film Slapshot.

“Hit Somebody” by Warren Zevon. With a little help from award-winning sportswriter writer Mitch Albom, this is an ode to tough guy hockey.

“Hockey Song" by Stompin Tom Connors. The title says it all. It is a staple of intermission playlists at Sharks games.

“Theme from Hockey Night in Canada” Actual name is "The Hockey Theme" written in 1968 by Dolores Claman. For Canadians this is their Monday Night Football. If you ever get a chance you must watch Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, the gold standard of NHL coverage. Bad news for CBC was when they lost the rights to this classic in 2008. TSN in Canada now has rights to tune.

“Lonely End of the Rink” by Tragically Hip. Another tune from Tragically Hip. It tells a story of alienation and a relationship is perhaps in trouble. That being said I do like the hockey lingo it contais

“…At the lonely end of the rink, you and me
At the lonely end of the rink, you and me

Oh to join the rush
As the season builds

I hear your voice ‘cross a frozen lake
a voice from the end of a leaf
saying, ‘you won’t die of a thousand fakes
or be beaten by the sweetest of dekes’…”

“50 Mission Cap”. It’s a hat trick for the Hip. This is a song about Bill Barilko, a Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman who during his 5-year career won for Stanley Cups. His last NHL goal, in OT won the 1951 Cup. That summer Barilko went missing on a fishing trip. Wreckage of his plane was discovered 11 years later. The Leafs won the cup that year after and 11 year dought.

“Bill Barilko disappeared that summer,
he was on a fishing trip.

The last goal he ever scored
won the Leafs the cup

They didn't win another until 1962,
the year he was discovered.

I stole this from a hockey card,
I kept tucked up under

my fifty mission cap
I worked it in

Bill Barilko disappeared that summer,
he was on a fishing trip.

The last goal he ever scored
won the Leafs the cup

They didn't win another until 1962,
the year he was discovered.”

“Big League” by Tom Cochrane. This is a story of a young man who is on the fast track to a professional hockey career. His family is supportive and his days filled with hockey and honing his skills. It ends with tragedy. Still send chills down my neck.

“Hockey Monkey” by The Zambonis. The Zambonis are the Beatles of hockey music. Start with Hockey Monkey. From there discover their cache of tunes, such as…’Drop that Puck’, ‘Slapshot Man’, ‘The Pond Song’, and the classic ‘Johnny Got Suspended’. Find more at

If you know of any other hockey songs, or have written any, let me know at
For, I’m Frank Albin.
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