For Immediate Release

The "Hockey Theme," Canada’s Second National Anthem, Available to Hockey Fans For the First Time Ever


After 35 years, Canadians can now own the famous Hockey Theme music, exclusively through

TORONTO – April 22, 2004 – It’s been called Canada’s second national anthem. And now, for the first time in its 35-year history, Canadians can own "The Hockey Theme" music by downloading the song from, Canada’s first digital music download service.

Famous as the theme music for CBC’s "Hockey Night in Canada," the Hockey Theme has symbolized Canadians’ passion for hockey since its debut in 1968, and is one of the longest running theme songs in broadcast history.

"I am honoured that Canadians have developed such a strong connection with The Hockey Theme, and delighted that at last they can own their own recording of it," said Dolores Claman, composer of "The Hockey Theme."

In 1967, Claman co-wrote another memorable song, "A Place to Stand (Ontari-ari-ario)," for the Ontario provincial government's Canada centennial project and the Oscar-winning film, "A Place to Stand."

"Hockey is a passion in Canada, and nothing stirs excitement in our game like hearing the opening chords of The Hockey Theme," said Alistair Mitchell, co-CEO and co-founder of Puretracks. "Puretracks is proud to be the first to deliver this iconic track to hockey fans across the country."

The opening and closing music of the Hockey Theme will retail for $1.99 per download on the website, beginning today. The songs are offered in high quality, virus-free Windows Media file format.

About Puretracks

Puretracks ( is Canada’s first digital music download service. With a rapidly growing catalogue of songs from all five major record labels and a growing list of Canadian and international independents, Puretracks allows music fans nationwide to search and download high quality Windows Media-format digital music, from 99 cents a song. Puretracks was developed by Toronto-based Moontaxi Media (, a leading North American online music distributor dedicated to delivering high quality music content in both streaming and download formats.

--- Environics Communications for Puretracks


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