Tom Cochrane is paying tribute to a Canadian tragedy that rocked the nation. Cochrane has reworked one of his classic songs as “Big League (For Humboldt)” to honour Saskatchewan-based hockey team the Humboldt Broncos.
The singer initially altered the lyrics during a performance at the TSN Hockey: Playoff preview special last Tuesday in front of a backdrop featuring the team’s colours. It is now available everywhere.
“This single is dedicated to the Humboldt Broncos and their families, never to be forgotten,” said Cochrane in a statement.
On April 6, a coach bus carrying The Humboldt Broncos players and personnel collided with a semi-trailer near Armley, Saskatchewan, killing 16 people.
“Big League”, originally from Cochrane’s 1988 album Victory Day with Red Rider, is written from the perspective of a father who lost his son with big dreams as a hockey player after his life was cut short. Cochrane switched the lyrics to reflect the fatal highway incident.
“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.”
All proceeds from the Humboldt edition of the song will go towards the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation to support those affected by the tragic incident.