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) is a popular television broadcast of National Hockey League
games in Canada
, produced by the CBC
. Hockey Night consistently remains one of the highest-rated
Canadian programs on television. It is also the world's oldest sports-related television program still on the air. The intermission highlight on HNIC
is Coach's Corner
, a segment featuring Don Cherry
and Ron MacLean
.Hockey Night in Canada
airs regular season NHL games on the English
network of the CBC every Saturday evening. Consecutive games are broadcast live beginning with the early game at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT); the second contest begins after 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). A French version, La Soirée du hockey
, aired until 2004
As recently as the 1990s, there was only one game televised each Saturday night in any particular locality. Until 1968
, regular season games were not broadcast in their entirety. During the 1950s, HNIC
would come on the air at 9 p.m. ET, with the game joined in progress early in the second period. In the early 1960s, the broadcast time was moved to 8:30 p.m. ET, which allowed the game to be joined in progress mid-way through the first period. Starting in the fall of 1968, regular-season games were shown in their entirety.
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada
coverage typically begins 30 minutes prior to the opening faceoff of the first game with the pregame show called Saturday Night
. Ron MacLean hosts the program and Elliotte Friedman
hosts a segment called The Headliner
which is a weekly feature that examines a range of issues.
Game one of the Saturday night doubleheader
typically originates in Eastern Canada
, beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). This game almost always features the Toronto Maple Leafs
, but could include other Canadian teams, usually the Ottawa Senators
or Montreal Canadiens
, for regional coverage. Ron MacLean hosts the entire evening broadcast, usually from the arena of the featured game. Play-by-play is provided by veteran Bob Cole
, who started broadcasting NHL games on radio in 1969
. Game analyst Harry Neale
joined Cole in the broadcast booth in 1985
. Friedman is the reporter/interviewer.right|thumb|The Hockey Night in Canada logo, used until 1998 on CBC
, and 2004 on Radio-Canada
At the end of the first period, MacLean hosts Coach's Corner
, featuring the show's star and former NHL Coach of the Year
, Don Cherry
. On Coach's Corner
, Don Cherry, also known as "Grapes", analyzes the game first period, as well as gives tips on various points of hockey, with Ron MacLean being Cherry's foil. There are times in which Cherry tends to be controversial; for example in 2003
, Cherry stated that the majority of players wearing facial protection in the NHL are Frenchmen and Europeans (though, a study done by a lawyer confirmed Cherry's assertion). In any case, this controversy led to Coach's Corner
being put on a seven-second delay for the rest of the season by the CBC, even though most francophones
in Quebec did not know he said it. The seven-second delay has been subsequently removed from the broadcast.
CBC also opted not to place on its website a segment where Cherry and MacLean debated the Iraq War
shortly after it began in 2003.
This segment, the highest-rated
spot on Canadian television, is followed by a second feature that changes from season-to-season, currently being called Up to the Minute
, showing scores of other games. There are also interviews with players in between periods, during which the players often brandish towels with the HNIC
logo on it. thumb|250px|A typical Saturday night doubleheader
During the second intermission, MacLean and reporter Scott Morrison
host the Satellite Hotstove
, a segment that features hockey journalists from across North America, who debate and speculate on issues facing hockey. Eric Duhatschek
and Pierre LeBrun
make regular appearances on this segment, as did Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun. Strachan, however, was rumoured to have been removed from the segment by the CBC due to pressure from NHL Comissioner Gary Bettman prior to the 2005-06 season. During non-Saturday playoff games, After 40 Minutes
, which normally features MacLean interviewing league or team officials, airs instead.
Following the "three stars" selection of the first game, and before the faceoff of Game 2, MacLean and Cherry return to give updates on scores and highlights from around the league. They also conduct interviews with players and provide a preview of the upcoming game.
The second game airs at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) featuring one of the three teams from Western Canada
(the Calgary Flames
, Edmonton Oilers
, or Vancouver Canucks
). Since hurry-up faceoffs were introduced, it is extremely rare that a regular season game runs longer than three hours, and every double-header game is seen in its entirety. Because of financial strains caused by the show's hiatus during the 2004-05 NHL lockout
, Chris Cuthbert
, who some hockey fans saw as the heir apparent to Bob Cole
, was fired; Bell Globemedia
hired Cuthbert in 2005 to work for TSN
. The CBC announced the new lead play-by-play man for the second half of the double-header in 2005-2006 would be Jim Hughson
, a Rogers Sportsnet
veteran and Vancouver Canucks commentator. The analyst is either Greg Millen
or Drew Remenda
. Mark Lee
or Don Wittman
handles the play-by-play when the CBC broadcasts more than two games in one night (or weekend, during the playoffs), with Millen or Remenda serving as the analyst. Cassie Campbell
is the reporter/interviewer for one of these games.
After the first period of the second game, a regular feature entitled Behind the Mask
is usually shown, with former NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey
(often joined by Scott Oake
) going over certain plays he noticed in the night's games. Hrudey frequently uses a Telestrator
to illustrate his points. The second intermission generally consists of scores and highlights.
The broadcast will also occasionally originate from a U.S. city playing host to a Canadian team. This is more common with the second, Western game, because the Toronto Maple Leafs are almost always at home on Saturday nights, or playing at Ottawa or Montreal. Only once (in 1994
) did the CBC broadcast a regular-season game featuring two American teams, but it has been forced to show a few more over the years due to labour issues.
Beginning with the 2000-01 season
, the CBC launched After Hours
, a program that follows the Saturday night HNIC
broadcast. It recaps the night's NHL
coverage with hosts Scott Oake
and Kelly Hrudey
. The wrap-up usually includes a guest appearance by an NHL player or coach. Hrudey frequently joins MacLean and Cherry for selected broadcasts.
CBC also provides extensive Stanley Cup playoff
coverage every spring with a focus on Canadian teams. Many of the playoff games, regardless of the day of the week, are aired, giving the CBC an unusual program schedule from early April through early June. This means CBC generally ends its regularly scheduled broadcast season earlier than other Canadian and American broadcasters. All playoff games involving Canadian teams are aired by the CBC, though not always on a national basis.
During the first intermission of playoff broadcasts, the feature alternates between Don Cherry's Coach's Corner
and Kelly Hrudey's Behind the Mask
. Hrudey, a former NHL goaltender, joined the CBC for the 1998-99 season
. As a former player, Hrudey provides unique perspectives on today's NHL and gives the viewer an inside look at the game from another angle. Cherry provides features during Toronto Maple Leaf games or other Canadian teams still in the playoffs.
For the 2006 playoffs
, each Canadian team (Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa) was assigned their own play-by-play callers and colour commentators. They are:
* Don Wittman
and Andy Murray
* Mark Lee
and John Garrett
* Jim Hughson
and Harry Neale
* Bob Cole
and Greg Millen
The 2006 second round coverage features Cole and Neale reunited for the Ottawa-Buffalo series, and Hughson and Millen calling the Edmonton - San Jose series.
The third round coverage features Cole and Neale calling the Anaheim-Edmonton series, as well as the Stanley Cup Finals. Hughson and Millen called selected Carolina-Buffalo games, with the remainder of the series airing on TSN.
Hockey Day in Canada
Hockey Day in Canada
is an annual special broadcast to celebrate the game in Canada that includes features all afternoon, leading up to a tripleheader of NHL
action featuring the six Canadian teams (Calgary Flames
, Edmonton Oilers
, Montreal Canadiens
, Ottawa Senators
, Toronto Maple Leafs
and Vancouver Canucks
). Lead commentators, Don Cherry
and Ron MacLean
broadcast from a remote area. The broadcast includes live broadcast segments from smaller communities right across the country and features panel discussions on issues facing "Canada's game" at both the minor and pro levels. The day is usually in mid-February, but was broadcast in early January in 2002 and 2006 due to the 2002 Winter Olympics
and 2006 Winter Olympics
, respectively.Hockey Day in Canada
has also featured special events, such as world-record all-night pick-up hockey games from Red Deer
(in 2001) and Windsor
, Nova Scotia
(2002). Viewers got to see the games after the CBC ended regular programming for the night, without commentary.Hockey Day in Canada
has fast become a tradition among Canadian hockey fans, taking on the role of an unofficial holiday. In some communities, such as the case with 2006's location, Stephenville, Newfoundland
, it is said that Hockey Day
is "bigger than Santa."
Hockey Day in Canada broadcast locations
* 2000 - Toronto, Ontario
* 2001 - Red Deer, Alberta
* 2002 - Windsor, Nova Scotia
* 2003 - Iqaluit, Nunavut
* 2004 - Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
* 2005 - none
* 2006 - Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador
* 2007 - Nelson, British Columbia
In January 2005, due to the NHL labour dispute, the CBC cancelled that year's broadcast. Rival TSN aired a similar broadcast instead, Hockey Lives Here: Canada's Game
, based from the World Pond Hockey championships in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick
. It also featured NHL players competing in a exhibition game to raise money for various charities in Hamilton
. TSN did not revive its version after the lockout ended.
Movie Night in Canada
During the 2004-2005 NHL lockout
, the CBC replaced Hockey Night in Canada
with a triple-feature of movies, mostly of the Hollywood variety. (The Saturday Night
pregame was replaced with repeats of The Red Green Show
.) However, as a reminder to viewers that Saturday night was supposed to be Hockey Night
, Ron MacLean hosted the movies from various hockey venues throughout Canada, under the title Movie Night in Canada
, where Ron would dispense some facts about the film and, of course, hockey, during the commercial breaks. The venues were usually those of CHL
teams. This went on during what was supposed to be the NHL's 2004-2005 season, and ended when the season was "over", just in time for CBC's regular summertime lineup- usually even more Hollywood movies or CFL
games- to begin. The ratings for the early movie were actually not much lower than for comparable hockey games the previous year.
A labor deal was reached in time to contest the 2005-06 NHL season
. CBC's own on-air talent was also locked out during the summer of 2005, nearly missing the start of the hockey season.
HNIC in the USA
During the era that HNIC was on radio, it was broadcast over several powerful CBC stations whose nighttime signals reached much of the northern United States. As a result, the games had a following throughout the northern U.S., and especially so in Boston
, and New York
, the four U.S. cities that had NHL teams at the time. This has waned thanks to the expansion of local team TV coverage on regional sports networks.NHL Center Ice
offers Hockey Night in Canada
at the same time as the CBC broadcast, airing the entire program from the Saturday Night
pregame show through the HNIC After Hours
postgame Europe's North American Sports Network
also offers the broadcast in its entirety.
Additionally, U.S. cable television
outlets near the international border (notably major markets such as Detroit
, and Seattle
) typically carry a nearby CBC affiliate on their systems (though some cable systems in Michigan carry the distant CBMT
from Montreal). Seattle's NBC affiliate
even shunted some 2006 playoff coverage to a sister station, apparently because it thought most fans preferred the CBC broadcast, while non-hockey fans would rather watch local news (Seattle's NBC affiliate is distributed in Canada).
During the 2006 playoffs, the cable television
channel OLN, now Versus
ed CBC's coverage of some selected games, generally first and second round games from Western Canada, instead of using their own crews and announcers.
see also|The NHL on
La Soirée du hockey
In parallel with CBC, Télévision de Radio-Canada
aired La Soirée du hockey
, featuring Montreal Canadiens
games on Saturday evenings in French
. In the past the SRC had aired Quebec Nordiques
and Ottawa Senators
games occasionally during the regular season if the Canadiens were not playing that night as well as the Stanley Cup Finals, regardless of participating teams.
Beginning with the 2002-03 season
secured exclusive French language rights to the NHL. The deal, reached with the Canadiens and not directly with the league, was meant to ensure a consistent home for all Canadiens games, whereas, as a general-interest network, Radio-Canada could not give up so much airtime to Canadiens games. The announcement drew the ire of, among others, then-Heritage Minister Sheila Copps
, who suggested that the network would somehow be violating its conditions of licence by not airing LSDH
. In reality there is no specific regulatory requirement that the CBC's networks carry the NHL, nor that there be parity between the two networks' carriage thereof.
During the years that SRC carried La Soiree du Hockey
, play-by-play men included Rene Lecavlier
(as beloved in French-speaking Canada as Foster Hewitt
was in English-speaking Canada), Richard Garneau
, and Claude Quenneville
Radio-Canada soon reached an agreement to produce the Saturday night games, to remain branded La Soirée du Hockey
, to be simulcast on both SRC and RDS. However, for reasons that are unclear, that agreement was terminated after the 2004 playoffs.
Nonetheless, the RDS-produced replacement, Le Hockey du samedi soir
, was simulcast on Radio-Canada outside Quebec, where RDS has limited distribution, through the end of the 2005-2006 season
. Radio-Canada no longer simulcasts RDS broadcasts as of 2006-2007
AnnouncersHockey Night in Canada
made its debut on CRBC radio in 1933
(renamed CBC in 1936), with television broadcasts beginning in 1952
, upon the launch of television broadcasting in Canada. After missing the cancelled 2004–05 season, it returned on October 8
. right|thumb|300px|Howie Meeker
in the classic Hockey Night in Canada
jackets.">[Dave Hodge and Howie Meeker
in the classic Hockey Night in Canada
The legendary Foster Hewitt
, who had developed a style that welcomed Canadians to the radio broadcast each week, had to prove his radio style could also work in the new medium of television. His move from radio to television was successful and Hewitt continued to work in television for many years, including the famed 1972 "Summit Series
" between a team representing Canada (an NHL all-star team) and the Soviet National Team. This style of play-by-play announcers in hockey broadcasting really hasn't changed between radio and TV, as broadcasters still describe the action as if viewers cannot see what is on the screen they're watching. He was followed (in no particular order) by Danny Gallivan
, Dan Kelly
, Dick Irvin, Jr.
, Bob Cole
, and Hewitt's son, Bill Hewitt
. Previous show hosts included Wes McKnight
, Ward Cornell
, Jack Dennett
, Ted Darling
and Dave Hodge
. The show's current host is Ron MacLean
The famous theme song
, The Hockey Theme
, was written in 1968
by Dolores Claman
and has been referred to as Canada's second national anthem
. The theme was updated in 1988 when the show was retitled Molson Hockey Night in Canada on CBC
. In 1998, the theme was again updated, when Labatt
became the main sponsor, and the show was back to being called Hockey Night in Canada
, even though the announcers always tacked on "brought to you by Labatt Blue"
afterwards (La Soirée du hockey
continued to use the Molson
theme up until its discontinuation in 2004). Other theme updates occurred in 2000
, but a new theme similar to the Molson theme was brought back at the start of the 2004 playoffs
, although it was only used during the opening (around this time, there was no title sponsor).
In November 2004, Dolores Claman and her publisher initiated legal action against CBC for breach of copyright, alleging, among other things, that the theme was used on other CBC programs, and used on broadcasts outside Canada, without consent. As of late 2006, the case remains ongoing.
Criticismright|thumb|Don Cherry, host of "Coach's Corner"
Critics of what the show chooses to program allege that the Eastern broadcast in particular favours teams from Ontario
, especially the Toronto Maple Leafs
(leading to the derogatory nickname "Hockey Night in Toronto"). These critics note that Leafs games are often aired too often across the network, usually to the detriment of the Ottawa Senators
and Montreal Canadiens
, whose fans sometimes do not see a Saturday-night game of their team. Some fans in Southwestern Ontario
also seek Detroit Red Wings
games, as FSN Detroit
(the cable television broadcaster of the Red Wings) is not available on Canadian cable systems. The CBC has responded by saying that scheduling Leafs games across so much of the network makes sense considering budget cutbacks and what they claim to be "the massive national popularity of the Maple Leafs." The Toronto games are seen as making more money for the English-language network, as Montreal is mainly francophone
-oriented, while the Senators, despite having a growing, albeit young fanbase, are situated in a smaller city from which the national newspapers and TV stations do not originate. The Windsor
area likewise may simply not have a large enough population to justify Red Wings coverage during the regular season, although the CBC does sometimes split its feed during the playoffs to make Red Wings games available (including the 2006 first-round series against Edmonton). An incident of this nature that drew particular ire was when CBC refused to air the jersey retirement ceremony for Canadiens legend and credited slapshot inventor Bernard "Boom Boom" Geoffrion
in English, despite months of advance notice; the impact was compounded because Geoffrion had died suddenly the day of the ceremony after a brief battle with stomach .
Also, viewers wishing to watch the second game of the double-header complain that they have sometimes been forced to view the first game's feed until its conclusion, as CBC rarely splits its feed for Western viewers. This is rarely a concern anymore as regular-season games almost never go past 10:08 p.m. ET (7:08 p.m. PT) because of the introduction of hurry-up faceoffs. In the past, especially late in the season if the second game had no playoff implications, the CBC would slowly wrap up the first game(s) including interviews and analysis, as well as take multiple commercial breaks, before finally joining the second game in progress, even in the Western NHL markets.
In addition, with the CBC having exclusive English-language broadcast rights to NHL games in Canada on Saturdays, critics say that it abuses this power by refusing to air games regionally - showing the entire country the Leafs game and excluding the local team's game in their home market without allowing local or regional broadcasters such as Rogers Sportsnet
the ability to show the local team's games. All Canadiens games air in French on RDS without restriction. However, TSN
has similar English-language exclusivity on some weeknights. CBC does offer regional coverage during the playoffs when multiple Canadian teams are involved. The CBC has also taken criticism from Western-based hockey fans for refusing to broadcast the second game of the doubleheader in HDTV
. As such, usually only the 7 p.m. games (usually involving the Leafs) and the Stanley Cup Finals were shown in the higher-resolution format during the 2005-2006 season, and sometimes CBC would not show either game in high definition. In 2006-07, CBC is rumored to be preparing a second high-definition broadcast truck that will be used during the playoffs.
Critics of what the CBC chooses to program around the show allege that live hockey action at the beginning of the second or third periods is too often truncated. They charge that this is due to two factors: the intermission show running too long, and the CBC's refusal to pull promos for other shows even when there isn't enough time to show both the promos and the start of the period.
Criticism of the show's content often focuses around Don Cherry
, who has made several controversial statements during his live on-air segments. He has been accused of racism
-born players, problematic because the broadcasts air live in Europe, and French-Canadians
, and is often seen as an advocate of the old-school rough style of hockey frowned upon both by some hockey fans (including NHL administrators) and many of their TV partners. Despite these controversies, Cherry's popularity among Canadians endures.
The show's hardly-veiled bias towards Canadian teams draws some criticism, especially from American regions near the Canadian border that receive CBC telecasts, as well as American customers with the NHL Center Ice
pay-per-view package. Supporters are quick to point out that the show is a Canadian show on a Canadian network, that bias towards the country's teams is therefore appropriate and should be expected, and claim that a similar bias is present in reverse on American networks' telecasts involving Canadian teams (especially in baseball and basketball). Opponents claim that coverage should be more neutral toward the competing teams, as they believe most American broadcasters practice even when Canadian-based teams are involved.
CBC's contract with the NHL to broadcast the Hockey Night in Canada
package will expire following the conclusion of the 2007-2008 season.
Private network CTV
recently outbid the CBC for Canadian television rights to the 2010
and 2012 Olympics
and the major television package for curling, joining forces with sister company TSN
to outbid the CBC. There is much speculation that CTV/TSN will not only make a combined bid for both the national over-the-air and cable television rights to the NHL in Canada, but make such a huge bid for the over-the-air portion of the deal that the CBC will not be able to match
Should the NHL and the Canadian Football League
both join the Olympics and curling at CTV/TSN, it would leave the CBC without any major sports events and put the future of the network's sports division into question. However, such a move would be considered extremely controversial as over-the-air coverage of the NHL would be reduced due to the priorities that CTV has with airing American programs.
In a news item posted on August 11
, on the CBC's website, it was reported that Bell Globemedia
(the owner of CTV and TSN) was looking to acquire the broadcast rights to NHL hockey in Canada
for a 10-year, $
1.4 billion CDN package deal, starting with the 2008-09 season, including exclusive English and French television rights, in addition to the cable television rights for TSN, and Internet streaming rights.
Although not confirmed by CBC itself, the network has basically admitted that it will soon be out of the hockey business after a 70-year association on TV and radio
, speculating that the network will not be able to outbid Bell Globemedia.
Programs with similar titles
television network NBC
has recently announced that its new Sunday night NFL
pregame show, beginning in 2006
, would be called Football Night in America
, which is basically a takeoff of the Hockey Night in Canada
had previously, along with ABC
, televised Major League Baseball
games under the name Baseball Night in America
During the 2005-06 NHL season, Cablevision
-owned New York regional sport networks MSG Network
and FSN New York
branded their Thursday night coverage of the New York Rangers
, New York Islanders
and New Jersey Devils
as Hockey Night New York Live!
There is also a Boston-based company called Hockey Night in Boston
, which covers high-school hockey and conducts a summer tournament for players who will be eligible to play high-school hockey the following season. Hockey Night in Boston
began in the early 1970s as a series of radio broadcasts of local high-school hockey games in the Boston area.
Prior to their move to North Carolina
games often aired under the banner "Hockey Night in Hartford".
Image:Hockey Night in Canada (1952).jpg|First television intro, 1952 (Foster Hewitt in the background)
Image:Hockey Night in Canada (1960s).JPG
Image:Hockey Night in Canada (1970s).JPG|1970s early electronic animation intro
Image:HNIC 1985.png|A Hockey Night in Canada logo used around 1985
Image:Hockey Night in Canada (1980s).JPG|1980s 3D intro
Image:Molson Hockey Night early 90s.JPG|Early 1990s logo
Image:HNIC1995.PNG|Logo used from 1995 to 1997
Image:Molson Hockey Night.jpg|Logo from the 1997-1998 season
* http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/ Official Website
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* http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/H/htmlH/hockeynight/hockeynight.htm Museum of Broadcast Communications
* http://www.jumptheshark.com/h/hockeynightincanada.htm Jump the Shark
* http://www.hockeytheme.com/ Hockey Night in Canada theme's official website
* http://cbc.ca/clips/ram-lo/hnic_theme.ram Original version of The Hockey Theme
*Cole, Stephen. (2004). The Best of Hockey Night in Canada.
Toronto: McArthur & Company Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 1-55278-408-8.
*Gruneau, Richard, and David Whitson. (1994). Hockey Night in Canada: Sport, Identities and Cultural Politics.
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