Nestled between the NHL all-star game and the trade deadline, Connecticut’s — make that the world’s — only all-hockey band, the Zambonis, release their sixth album, “Five Minute Major (in D Minor).”
Recorded with co-founder and former member Peter Katis in Bridgeport (though Zambonis leader Dave Schneider once said Katis can never escape the band’s pull), the album features 15 new songs, including “Captain,” which has to be one of the catchiest tunes you’ll ever hear; and “I’m a Puck,” which is the subject of the band’s new video.
The Zambonis take hockey so seriously they sought (and received) permission to use the trademarked name of the ubiquitous ice resurfacer. Over the years, the group’s songs have been featured on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” ESPN2, FOX Sports, “NHL Live” on Sirius/XM Radio and on syndicated hockey programs including “Hockey Week” and “Cool Shots,” as well as in hockey arenas across the country.
The band has even performed at two NHL all-star games, in 2002 and 2011.
The Zambonis have a handful of live dates scheduled over the next few months, including a free performance Jan. 31 at Two Boots in Bridgeport.
“Five Minute Major (In D-Minor)” is due Feb. 14 on Blue Line Recordings.