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From the Celtic to the horny, it's time to choose a winner from the 'Hockey Night in Canada' song contest finalists

Sean Leahy
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Back in July, Wysh introduced us to the wonder that is "Hockey Scores," Logan Aube's entry into CBC's Anthem Challenge to find a new theme song for "Hockey Night in Canada." It quickly had a cult following with its own Facebook page and Aube's appearance on the CBC News.

The sound of cats screeching, crying babies and, of course, gunshots apparently weren't enough for CBC's panel of judges to put the potential "Hockey Theme" replacement into the contest's top five.

Every night last week, CBC introduced the five finalists and opened voting on Saturday night and closing on Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. From there, the top two will be announced during CBC's doubleheader of Toronto Maple Leafs/Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames/Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Voting will last until Friday night and the winner will be revealed during the first game of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.

CBC's "Anthem Challenge" page now has all five finalists songs put to the video of "Hockey Night in Canada" to see what the finished product would look like. Let's take a look at the final five:

1. Ice Warriors

Right away, the song meshes with the video perfectly. This will definitely be the favorite.

2. Sticks to the Ice

This entry was composed by 13-year old Robin Fraser Burke, but doesn't stick to me as a main theme. Maybe Sportsnet needs a new song?

3. Eleventh Hour

Maybe it's just me, but I'm not a fan of all the horns. If I wanted something horn heavy, I'd go with "Brass Bonanza." Long live the Whale!

4. Let the Game Begin

Solid choice. Definitely has theme material. Jimmy Tanaka, who composed the song, also wrote the Montreal 1976 Olympic theme song.

5. Canadian Gold

As an Irishman, the taste of Celtic flavor with the bagpipes is a nice touch, but I just can't picture "Hockey Night in Canada" with something like the Dropkick Murphy's (as awesome as that might be for many).

So there you have it: One those five finalists will the new "Hockey Night in Canada" theme come Saturday night, and will become the new song synonymous with hockey. (OK, it'll still be quite tough to replace "The Hockey Theme.")

So, for our Canadian readers, which song would you like to hear on a consistent basis every time you turn on CBC for hockey?

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