This article is from Slam Sports..
Swan song for HNIC theme
CBC to ditch 'Canada's second national anthem'?
By IRENE THOMAIDIS -- Sun Media
The Hockey Night in Canada theme song will be shut out next season, according to the composer of the song.
The agreement between the CBC and the composer, Dolores Claman, expired last night when the last game of the 2007-'08 season was played, according to the website, hockeytheme.com.
According to the site, the CBC has advised Claman that the contract will not be renewed and the broadcaster has chosen to move in a new direction - which means we won't be hearing the familiar dunt-da-DUNT-da-dunt at the beginning of each CBC-aired game next season.
Listen to the full version of the song here
The CBC was paying about $500 for each game broadcast using the anthem. The renewal offer was "virtually identical," according to the site.
"I am saddened by the decision of the CBC to drop the Hockey Night in Canada Theme after our lengthy history together," Claman said. "I nevertheless respect its right to move in a new direction."
The composition was written by Claman in 1968 and has become one of the longest running theme songs in broadcasting history, sometimes refered to as "Canada's second national anthem."
This is terrible news for Canadian hockey fans, as this anthem is such a huge part of our Saturday nights! I am asking all of you to show your support and email CBC asking this decision to be overturned! The CBC doesn't need a new direction, the current one is working just fine. Please go here and fill out their contact form, and lets see if we can't keep a piece of Canadian tradition alive!