Tom Cochrane releases reworked version of ‘Big League’ for Humboldt Broncos

Cochrane updated the lyrics to incorporate a new verse: “All the right moves when he turned 18. Ridin’ to the game and ridin’ with his team. Ridin’ with their friends and ridin’ for their dreams. Ridin’ off to immortality in the big league.”

Tom Cochrane has released a reworked take of his song “Big League” and will donate the proceeds to those affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash nearly two weeks ago.

The Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter played an acoustic version of the song to open the April 10 broadcast of TSN’s NHL playoff preview special. A video clip of the performance began to circulate online shortly afterwards.

But the alternate take, which the musician recorded in a Toronto television studio on short notice, wasn’t originally planned as a digital single.

Cochrane’s label Universal Music Canada worked with broadcasters to make an audio version of the performance available to buy on Apple’s iTunes and stream on services like Google Play Music and Spotify.