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Calgary Flames looking for organist to play at hockey games for first time in decades

The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation is hiring an organist to hype up the crowds at professional hockey games — a position that hasn't been vacant for more than three decades.
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Calgary Flames fans enter the Saddledome for pre-season NHL hockey action in Calgary on Sept. 26, 2021. The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation is hiring an organist to hype up the crowds at professional hockey games, a position that hasn't been vacant for more than three decades. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation is hiring an organist to hype up the crowds at professional hockey games — a position that hasn't been vacant for more than three decades.

Willy Joosen, who died earlier this year, played at National Hockey League games for 34 years.

The corporation says in an online job posting that it's looking to hire someone for Calgary Flames games and those of its American Hockey League affiliate — the newly named Calgary Wranglers — at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The organist is to be responsible for playing popular music, crowd chants, and the Canadian and American national anthems.

It says the organist would also work with singers and event staff to meet all musical requirements for games.

The posting for the part-time job says the ideal candidate will have a professional level of talent and a working knowledge of hockey and hockey music, as well as experience performing in front of a large crowd.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 15, 2022.

The Canadian Press