The reason I have delayed on #2 and #1 is that I wasn’t sure which should get top billing. My decision was made even more difficult when I tried to find an appropriate version of the song on YouTube…
What the hell happened to the HNIC theme song? Who was the ass-clown at the CBC that decided that a Nickelback cover of an Elton John song was appropriate to introduce a hockey game? I won’t even link to the video versions of this abomination that I found, it’s just too painful, but rest assured that hockey isn’t just all about fighting (even if it is Saturday Night — oh, how clever!). It’s an important element to the game, but to make it the focus of the theme song — and to get Nickelback involved — ugh.
So here is my #2 choice: The CBC Hockey Night in Canada Theme Song, [alternate high-school-band version here]:
Bonus: Peter Puck. When I was young, I couldn’t follow the puck on TV, and Peter Puck was the main reason I watched the game. Later, I became an American; ‘traded’ to the U.S., if you will… coincidence? I think not.