CALGARY – With a short 40 days until the puck drops on the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship, Paul Brandt stirred up some hockey excitement on Wednesday with the debut of the official song of the event, “I Was There”.
Hockey teams, parents and both hockey and music fans gathered at The CORE over the lunch hour for a chance to say they were there for the inaugural performance, and hear the track before it officially drops later today.
“We wanted an anthem that would channel the spirit of hockey and really encompass what it means to be an Albertan,” Jim Peplinski, Co-Chair of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship. “To be able to bring the World Juniors to Alberta’s two largest cities has always been a goal of ours, and Paul Brandt was able to capture so many emotions and memories that are at the heart of this sport, as well as the pride that so many Albertans take in the sport.”
The song, which shares its title with the World Juniors slogan, is now available for download here, or through iTunes in early December 2011.
“We all have our own ‘I Was There’ moments, whether it be getting up at 5 a.m. to drive our children to practice; cheering on a friend; scoring tickets to a major game; or playing a pick-up game of pond hockey,” said Paul Brandt. “The World Juniors are held in such high regard, and I wanted to reflect the true passion and pride of all Canadians by creating a song that everyone could relate to and get excited about.”
The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship will kick-off on December 26 in both Edmonton and Calgary. Team Canada, silver medallists at the 2011 championship, will began their quest for gold against Finland on the 26th at 1:30 pm MT in Edmonton at Rexall Place.
About the event
The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship is an annual event for national under-20 ice hockey teams from around the world. The tournament features the top ten ranked hockey nations in the world, from which a world champion is crowned. This year’s tournament will be held December 26 - January 5, 2012 in Calgary and Edmonton.
About Paul Brandt
Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history. Born in Calgary, Alberta, his first big break was in 1996 with the single “My Heart has a History”, which hit number one in Canada and made him the first Canadian male country artist to reach the Billboard Top Ten in the US since Hank Snow in 1974. Paul has nine tremendously successful albums to his credit to date. In September 2011 Paul released his latest album Give It Away, and his first ever Box Set collection titled NOW, featuring all of his award-winning albums and much more. In addition to his music, Paul also has a strong passion for helping people, working with a number of charities, including his own foundation, The Priceless Gift of Hope Foundation, and being involved with humanitarian pursuits around the globe.