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

Monday, 05.21.2012 / 12:45 PM PT
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp
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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.




1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56


J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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