THE Clan ice hockey team has scored a first by releasing a Christmas charity single.

The track Clantastic Christmas was launched today and features the professional ice hockey stars singing on the song’s catchy chorus.

10th October 2023
Glasgow Clan Christmas charity song

It’s the first time a British ice hockey club has released their own original charity fundraising Christmas single specially written for them.

The song, along with a B-side second track called The Club Mix – which has Christmas messages from the players to the Clan’s Purple Army fans – is now available to purchase on all the usual download and streaming platforms.

Money raised from the sale of the two tracks is being donated to The Renfrewshire Toybank charity, which provides thousands of Christmas gifts every year to disadvantaged children and young people up to the age 18.

The music and lyrics for Clantastic Christmas was written for the Clan by Clan’s PR consultant, Norman Macdonald and the track was produced by well-known Glasgow-based musician, Jim Keilt. Lead vocalist is Gerry McLaughlin, the Clan’s commercial director, who has previously acted on television and has been a vocalist in local bands.

A promotional video of the Clan players singing the chorus of Clantastic Christmas in the recording studio has also been shot.

Glasgow Clan managing director, Gareth Chalmers said: “We think Clantastic Christmas is a great Christmas song and I’m sure the fans will too. It’s a very upbeat and catchy tune.

“I’d encourage people to download or stream the tracks, as we want to raise as much money as possible for a very good cause – the Renfrewshire Toybank appeal, who do tremendous charitable work for children and young people.

“The players loved being in the studio and recording the song’s chorus and we discovered that a few of them are really quite good singers!”

Gareth added: “The other track we’re releasing, The Club Mix is also rather unique, as it features Christmas messages from all the players to the Purple Army fans over the backing track.

“No other British ice hockey team has had a Christmas song specifically written for them and released as a charity fundraising effort, so fans will be getting a bit of a collectors’ item when they buy the songs.”

Lauren Roy-Sutherland, from the Renfrewshire Toy Bank said: “We’re over the moon to be the beneficiary of The Clan’s Christmas single.

“We love it and cannot wait for everyone to hear it and sing along and who knows, maybe it will turn out to be a Christmas number one!

“People who download or stream the track are not just making a donation to our charity, they’re are getting a catchy tune to listen to into the bargain.

“We would kindly ask for people to buy the single and they’ll be giving something to local children who may otherwise go without this Christmas.

“We will always be eternally grateful for the Clan’s continued support.”

Go to the Clan’s website for links to the most popular download or streaming services where you can purchase the Clan’s Christmas charity single.