Columbus Blue Jackets and Cleveland Monsters F Zac Dalpe and Cleveland Monsters play-by-play commentator Tony Brown paid tribute to the late Gord Downie, singer of The Tragically Hip, in a beautiful way.
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Zac Dalpe‘s musical prowess is pretty well known and he was joined by Tony Brown to put on a performance of The Tragically Hip’s “Wheat Kings” on Wednesday as a tribute to late singer Gord Downie.
The song was played beautifully and adding Dalpe’s surprisingly good singing voice resulted in a solid performance of the song as a whole.
Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of Downie’s passing and Dalpe and Brown decided to pay tribute in a way not many people saw coming.
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Not only can Dalpe score goals and Brown make great calls, the two can also play the guitar very well.
For most Americans, the band The Tragically Hip is fairly unknown as their popularity seemed to stay in Canada for some reason. The hockey world has been changing that however, as now the music is starting to spread to all hockey areas and a lot of hockey fans.
Dalpe stated in an interview with Brown earlier in the video that he thinks of the Tragically Hip as “the game of hockey’s band”, which makes sense considering the wide amount of hockey references in songs such as “Fireworks” and “50 Mission Cap”.
It’ll likely be a while before we see this duo perform again, but they should have a hit with their rendition of the song. Will we see Dalpe and Brown touring around Ohio later this year? Maybe not because of prior commitments, but maybe they should be.
The biggest issue here moving forward is trying to get the Monsters to change Zac Dalpe’s goal song to his rendition of “Wheat Kings”. I’m not sure how likely it is to happen, but maybe just maybe if enough people tweet at them, it may happen.