It's been a Canadian institution as long I have been alive. I think it's pretty fuckin' disappointing that this happened. The song is nothing when taken away from HNIC. HNIC obviously goes on, but takes a big hit by not having the song. They have been synonymous for decades. My kids were turned on to hockey in large part because of the aura and mystique of that song. Sounds melodramatic but it's true. There was way more excitement about making sure the TV got switched on by 7PM then there was for the rest of the broadcast.
CTV/TSN wasted their money, IMO..... the song is bordering on meaningless when taken away from HNIC.
Shame on fuckin' CBC. They needed to get this done. When I think of all the bullshit crapass Inquiries that our government wastes our money on.... to see them cheap out on this pisses me off.