‘The Hockey Song’ Legend Stompin’ Tom Connors Dies

Stompin' Tom Connors – The Hockey SongFrom the staff at http://www.stompintom.com We must regretfully announce today the passing of the Great and Patriotic Stompin' Tom Connors. He died this March 6th 2013 with his Family seeing him off. His family have given us a message from Tom that he wanted passed along to all of you upon his death: "Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin' Tom." "It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it's beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world." "I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future." "I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done." Sincerely, Your Friend always, Stompin' Tom Connors ********************************************* Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins footage from Maple Leaf Gardens, with brief shots of Bobby Orr and Gordie Howe. Featured in 1973's "Across This Land with Stompin' Tom Connors", with live performance filmed at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. The entire film can be seen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTLlREVZvQQ2010-05-26T06:00:03.000Z

Canadian country-folk music legend Stompin’ Tom Connors passed away Wednesday night at the age of 77.

The toe-tapping singer and guitarist, often described as one of Canada’s strongest cultural icons, is said to have died of natural causes.

Connors, best known for his anthem “The Hockey Song”, got his name from his habit of stomping the floor with his left foot while he played.

A devoted patriot, in 1978 he returned all the Juno Awards he had received to date as a protest against artists being awarded in categories outside their genre and conducting most of their work outside of the country.

He famously called artists that moved to the United States “border jumpers.”

He said in a statement at the time:

I feel that the Junos should be for people who are living in Canada, whose main base of business operations is in Canada, who are working toward the recognition of Canadian talent in this country and who are trying to further the export of such talent from this country to the world with a view to proudly showing off what this country can contribute to the world market.

In addition to the wildly popular hockey song, he was known for other patriotic anthems including Canada Day, Up Canada Way, Bud the Spud, and Sudbury Saturday Night.

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick on February 9, 1936, to an unwed teenage mother, he was poverty-stricken a child, hitchhiking with his mother from the age of three and begging on the street by the age of four.

At age 9 he was adopted by a family from Prince Edward Island, though he ran away four years later to hitchhike across the country.

He is said to have begun his musical career at age 28 when, short 5 cents for a beer, he was offered a drink in exchange for playing a few songs on the guitar, spanning a 49-year-long career.

Connors is survived by his wife, four children and several grandchildren.