Embracing the spirit of Canada's game
December 20, 2011
When the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal asked readers to nominate Albertans who embodied the spirit of hockey, the response was overwhelming.
We received more than 100 submissions, each detailing the passion and pride of those at the heart of grassroots hockey in our province, from Zamboni drivers to parents, NHL hopefuls to referees. It was hard to choose the faces that should appear in the music video for Paul Brandt's song, I Was There.
The song is already connecting with the hockey community and music fans, within days of its launch last week it was in the Top 50 on the iTunes single chart and No. 3 on the iTunes country singles chart.
Brandt used the stories readers submitted as inspiration while he was writing the song.
Every heartwarming story of hope, love and ambition we received illustrated the connection Albertans have with hockey.
I Was There is the anthem for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship being held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Calgary and Edmonton. The World Juniors media sponsors - the Herald, Journal and Corus Radio - worked with Hockey Canada to spearhead the creation of the theme song and an accompanying music video.
Reporter Amanda Ash worked alongside Journal videographer Ryan Jackson for six weeks to create the video, which was released Monday.
To hear the song today, see photos of 33 people and audio clips of them talking about what hockey means to them, go to calgaryherald. com/sports/worldjuniorhockey/Video+Paul+Brandt +There+Official+Music+Vid eo+World+Juniors/5881493/ story.html.
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