It may have taken 113 days (and many broken hearts) but the NHL lockout has finally come to an end. While both sides finalize details, fervent fans must impatiently wait for the games to begin. In the meantime, Metro presents five songs to get you back in the mood for hockey:
Time to Go – Dropkick Murphys
No other song so brilliantly highlights the anticipation of the strike’s end. Dropkick Murphys, hockey enthusiasts themselves, wrote this tune as a Bruins fight song. But its spirited chant “drop the puck, it’s time to go” surely speaks to all fans eager for the return of their favourite sport.
50 Mission Cap – The Tragically Hip
50 Mission Cap may be specifically about hockey hero Bill Barilko and his mysterious disappearance after leading the Maple Leafs to a Stanley Cup, but the Tragically Hip’s hockey hit also speaks to a simpler, nostalgic period of the sport’s history.
The Hockey – Song, Stompin’ Tom Connors
Stompin’ Tom Connors’ 1973 classic has become synonymous with the sport. Not only is it played at every NHL game, but its chorus blurts out “the best game you can name is the good ol’ hockey game” and that’s gospel for many Canadians.
Big League – Tom Cochrane
A song about a player whose promising hockey greatness was cut short by a car wreck, Tom Cochrane himself admits he’s as proud of his 1988 hit “as anything I’ve ever written.” Pure Canadiana, its spirit mirrors the passion of the fans.
Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song) – Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon may be best known for Werewolves of London, but this quirky 2002 song about a young, talentless goon passionate to score just one goal instead of fight should be a reminder to NHLers how lucky they are to play.