What’s next for the NHL’s 50-year-old anthem?
The song is going away, at least for now.
The song was originally intended to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Hockey League, but was pulled after the 2016-17 season, NHL president and CEO Gary Bettman told the Toronto Sun on Friday.
That meant the anthem had to be rewritten or changed, but Bettman says it will be back in 2018.
The Hockey Song is a collective effort between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHLPA to honor the 50-plus years of hockey played in this country and the people who made it possible.
The anthem was first sung at a ceremony in the early 1960s at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, by the Beatles.
The National Anthem was originally written for the 1947 World Series, which featured the American and Canadian teams playing at home against one another.
The name changed in 1972 to honor a different event, the 50 years of the NHL.
“It’s not something I wanted to do.
I never wanted to be associated with it,” Bettman said.
“I think that’s why it’s a great honour to be able to do it.
I think it’s one of the most beautiful things you can do.
We are a nation that loves to be proud of our great country, and the anthem is something that I think really represents our pride.”
The NHL is still considering how to change the song, with Bettman suggesting it could be a different song than the one that has been used for the last decade or so.
“One thing I’m sure we’ll do is take a look at that.
And then it will all be done,” he said.
The league could announce a new anthem sometime in 2018, but the next step is to determine whether a new one is more appropriate to the time.
“We’ll get there in time,” Bettmen said.
NHLPA president Brendan Shanahan told the Associated Press he believes the anthem has become more appropriate than the version that was used for decades.
“There’s no question it’s been used with great care over the years,” he told the AP.
“And I think you’d agree with that.”
It will be a good thing for fans, too, as fans are used to hearing the NHL anthem sung during the anthem, he added.
“When you hear it, you think it is something we need to pay tribute to, and I think that goes for every sport,” he added, noting that it has helped sell more tickets for the league’s home games.
“If there’s one thing I can say, it’s that we’ve had tremendous support from the players, fans and everybody that’s really connected to this league, to the game.”
The Hockey Players’ Union will decide in the coming months what the next song should be.
The union had initially planned to honor former NHL player and current NHL commissioner Gary Bettis, but he was fired last year after he and several other NHL executives refused to back the union’s demand for the anthem to be played during the national anthem.
“Bett is no longer in the picture,” NHLPA President Donald Fehr told the New York Times in May.
“That was a very hard decision, and it took a lot of hard work to get it done.”