Stompin' Tom Connors - Canadian legend
The Good Ol' Hockey Game
Recently this writer was able to attend the last couple of hockey games played by the Fort Wayne Komets. Being a Canadian, hockey is in the blood, of course. The Komets ended up defeating the Wichita Thunder, winning the Central Hockey League's President Cup, the ninth such victory in the sixty year history of the Komets. The photo on the right shows the celebration afterwards.
One of the more enjoyable moments was to hear, throughout the game, the music of Canadian music legend Stompin' Tom Connors.
Stompin' Tom's Beginnings
Charles Thomas Connors was born in St. John, New Brunswick on February 6, 1936. Tom had a rough beginning, and was put into the hands of Chidren's Aid. He was soon adopted and moved to Prince Edward Island. In his mid-teens he left home and over the next thirteen years hitchhiked across Canada, living in virtually every province and territory at one time or another. Throughout those years he would write about the places and people he met.
In the early 1960s he ended up in the city of Timmins, Ontario. It was there that he landed a show on CKGB radio. This writer was living in Abitibi Canyon, Ontario at that time (the story of those years can be found at Abitibi Canyon - A World of It's Own.), and remembers listening to his show every Saturday, I believe. I actually couldn't stand the music, but hey, I was proven wrong in later years!
From 1968 on his career took off. He earned his nickname Stompin' Tom Connors from his method of singing. He would always carry a piece of plywood with him and, while playing, stomp the board with one of his cowboy boots. By the time a performance was over he would have a hole through the wood.
Tom has written over three hundred songs and released over 48 albums/CDs, selling more than 4,000,000 copies. Stompin' Tom quit the music business for several years out of frustration at the Americanization of the Canadian music industry, but later formed his own label and began recording again.
One of Tom's best known songs is best known as The Good Old Hockey Game and is played frequently at the Komets hockey games. Enjoy the video!
The Hockey Song
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