LYONS BROOK, N.S. – Canada has spoken, voting Dave Gunning’s “A Game Goin’ On” as the winner of Hockey Night in Canada’s Song Quest.
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Entered with nearly 1,000 other Canadians, the Pictou County, N.S., musician made the top 50, next the top 10 before being named the winner during the second intermission of New Year’s Day’s Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.
Although Gunning couldn’t be reached Wednesday for an interview, he tweeted shortly after the announcement.
“Thanks so much to you folks and everyone who voted. I’m blown away. A big hug to co-writer David Francey.”
Francey helped Gunning finish the song he started seven years ago. The NHL lockout also helped him finish the song last year for his album “No More Pennies.”
“I was a frustrated hockey fan,” Gunning said in an earlier interview with The News in New Glasgow, N.S.
He was sick of watching “billionaires fighting with billionaires” and wanted to get back to the game.
“It was fun to write a song about the good ol’ fashioned love of the game.”
For winning the contest he will now produce his song with Joel Plaskett and have it featured in a video montage for an opening sequence of “Hockey Night in Canada.” He’ll also travel to Lloydminster, Alta., to perform his song during the Stolen from a Hockey Card concert as part of the Hockey Day in Canada festivities on Jan. 16.