It seems a little odd, and possibly unprecedented, for the Stanley Cup to be decided prior to the Calder (AHL) and the Kelly (ECHL). So if you really love the sport (and aren’t in a Montana RV park with too-slow Wi-Fi), break out your VGA cable and head over to B2 Live TV for tonight’s Game 6 between the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Las Vegas Wranglers. The Cyclones are at home, and lead the series 3-2.
Less compelling is tomorrow’s AHL game between Chicago and Wilkes-Barre Scranton, unless you’re someone who would like to see another squad of Penguins lose another final (the Wolves are currently up 3-0).
I may yet weigh in on the Red Wings later, though their triumph has already been displaced by this as Canada’s top story:
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 advisted Claman that the contract will not be renewed and the broadcaster has chosen to move in a new direction.
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.”
I nominate Pas Chic Chic as replacements.