Thomas Charles "Stompin' Tom" Connors, OC (February 9, 1936 – March 6, 2013) was one of Canada's most prolific and well-known country and folk singer-songwriters. Focusing his career exclusively on his native Canada, Connors is credited with writing more than 300 songs and has released four dozen albums, with total sales of nearly 4 million copies.Connors died at age 77 in his home in Ballinafad, Ontario on March 6, 2013, from natural causes.
His songs have become part of the Canadian cultural landscape. Three of his best-known songs — Sudbury Saturday Night, Bud the Spud and The Hockey Song — play at every home game of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.The Hockey Song is played at games throughout the National Hockey League.
In a 1995 interview, Mr. Connors offered the opinion that nobody should die happy:
I think people should die without their dreams being fulfilled, so maybe they can have an excuse for coming around again.