On March 26, award-winning singer/songwriter Raffi offers something new: a song celebrating hockey! A catchy toe-tapping tune, "On Hockey Days" comes from Raffi's love of the sport and the fun of hockey outings.
This bright all-ages song in praise of hockey moms and dads who spend a good part of the winter with their girls and boys at the rink may be the first to celebrate grassroots hockey as a family experience.
"Hundreds of thousands of families are involved in amateur hockey-amateur means for the love of it," Raffi says. "This song is about the fun of hockey, the winter game loved by young and old."
"On Hockey Days" echoes the spirit of fun, safe and fair play in Respect In Sport, an online program already changing behaviour positively on and off the ice.
Hockey Canada is delighted. "We love Raffi's song -- it's a winner!" says CEO Bob Nicholson. "It helps remind everyone about respect in minor hockey. Congratulations Raffi for a catchy song with a great message!"
In recent months, Raffi has called for a ban on hockey violence: "I agree with hockey great Ken Dryden and Canada's Governor General: fighting has no place in hockey. Hockey Canada and USA Hockey are set to ban fights, and that's good news for kids and families." Nonviolence is a key principle of the Covenant For Honouring Children that Raffi promotes in his current work with Centre For Child Honouring.
"On Hockey Days" -with its sing-along melody-is reminiscent of the Raffi classic, "Baby Beluga," and his 1985 "Bowling Song" (for which he received an award from the Bowling Proprietors Association of America). Its country-pop sound was recorded in Calgary, Alberta, and features a dazzling guitar solo by guitar great Aaron Young.
Raffi's second sports song and his first ever for hockey, "On Hockey Days" launches on iTunes on March 26 (April 3 in USA). Proceeds will benefit Centre for Child Honouring.
The music video is a total delight and will be on YouTube very soon.