"Skating Rink" on Hockey Night in Canada
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"One of Canada's outstanding poets, songwriters, storytellers. That's David Francey with a lovely little tribute to tonight."

Ron MacLean, Hockey Night in Canada. November 22/03 Following the Canadian Heritage Classic Hockey Game

David's song, "Skating Rink" can be heard on CBC television as part of their advertisement for the 2007 Hockey Day in Canada. This year Hockey Day in Canada will take place in Nelson BC!

Last year Hockey Day in Canada was televised from Stephenville Newfoundland

For more info and to listen to the song go to the CBC site at www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/hdic2006

Skating Rink' aired Saturday November 22, 2003.As part of the Molson Canadian Heritage Classic Hockey Game

One of the most anticipated NHL games of 2003 took place on Saturday, November 22, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. Included in the schedule was the NHL's first ever, regular season, outdoor hockey game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. The day's events also included a mega stars alumni game with hockey greats Wayne Gretzky, Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Guy Lafleur, Guy Carbonneau, Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson in the line-up.

Well, David isn't a hockey great but he sure loves the game and was thrilled to learn that his song would air during this very special occasion. What an amazing event to be a part of!

CBC put together a montage of the day's events with added scenes of small outdoor rinks and images of hockey greats (including Wayne Gretzky's smiling face) while "Skating Rink" played in the background. This was an historic event for hockey fans everywhere, and for one huge fan in particular...David!

A word from Wayne Gretzky about the event

"My family immigrated to Canada from Ayrshire, Scotland. Ever since my first introduction to hockey in the Sixties, I've loved the game. I would watch "Hockey Night in Canada" with my father and would play ball hockey until the streetlights came on." -David Francey

About the video and David's thoughts on hockey

David's music 'Skating Rink' opened the Montreal and Toronto game on Saturday night, February 21, 2004 as part of Hockey Day in Canada

On Feb 21/04 From Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and CBC Sports Celebrated the Game of Hockey during CBC's Fifth Annual Hockey Day in Canada

Find out more on Molson Canadian Heritage Hockey Classic: heritagehockeyclassic.com

For information from CBC's Hockey Night in Canada: check out www.cbc.ca/sports

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Skating Rink - Lyrics

The music from the skating rink
Drifts across the town
The stars of heaven high above
Forever looking down
I stand here looking upward,
And I'm listening to the sound
Of the village in the lonely heart of winter

The lights above the skating rink
Illuminate the scene
And on the snow the shadows show
Footsteps where we've been
And Danny's breath hangs motionless
Hovers like a dream
Above his head, in the lonely heart of winter

The sky above the skating rink
The blackened weight of space
Falls endless on the frozen world
Upon the saving grace
Of the lights around the skating rink
Laughing in the face
Of the darkness at the lonely heart of winter

Ayer's Cliff Quebec, February 19, 2002

Vocals: David Francey
Dave Clarke
Geoff Somers
Fiddle: Geoff Somers



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