Tom Cochrane reworked the lyrics of his song “Big League” for a performance honouring the Humboldt Broncos.

The 1988 song was originally written from the perspective of a father whose son was a hockey player with dreams of making it to the “Big League” that were halted by a truck driving in the wrong lane. Immediately people started associating the tune to the tragedy that took place in Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos.

Cochrane changed a portion of the lyrics to draw an even closer parallel to the Humboldt accident singing, “All the right moves when he turned 18. Ridin’ to the game and ridin’ with his team. Ridin’ with their friends and ridin’ for their dreams. Ridin’ off to immortality in the big league.”

Initially Cochrane was reluctant to perform the song out of respect for the parents, but ultimately decided it was the right thing to do.

Take a listen:



Tom Cochrane has officially released the reworked version of his original song, “Big League” (For Humboldt), in honour of the Saskatchewan-based hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos. All proceeds from the song will go towards the newly created memorial fund, Humboldt Strong Community Foundation. You can download the song here.

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