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Amid team turmoil, Senators fan pens parody song reflecting on good times

Adam Vrieling told The Rick Gibbons Show on 1310 NEWS, the lyrics came to him pretty easily.
Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone (61) (centre) is surrounded by his teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during overtime NHL action in Ottawa on Tuesday April 7, 2015, in Ottawa. The Senators defeated the Penguins 4-3. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

A Senators fan since the team's inception and a music teacher at Kanata Academy Private School, Adam Vrieling is looking back on better days for his hometown hockey franchise.

He wrote a parody of the All In The Family theme song, Those Were The Days, substituting the lyrics with happy moments of Ottawa Senators' past.

Listen to Vrieling's song:

"My friends and I were texting each other back-and-forth [Tuesday] night, and we were reliving the glory days of the Sens," said Vrieling. "So we started thinking and [the song] wrote itself in a way. Somebody had said, 'Those were the days,' and then the All In The Family theme popped into my head and it quickly wrote itself."

In the song, Vrieling makes references to Danny Heatley's 50-goal season, Zdeno Chara's fight with then-Maple Leaf Bryan McCabe, and Daniel Alfredsson's play in his prime, among many other memories. He even mentions Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman in the same sentence, but in a nod to a more positive time for the teammates.

The teacher and songwriter said he is sticking by his team through these hard times, but admitted he wouldn't mind seeing a new ownership group make a bid for the franchise.

Hear to the full conversation with Adam Vrieling:

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