Battle Of The Blades

For the first time ever, a female hockey player will join the ranks of the NHL veterans and world-class figure skaters to compete in CBC’s smash-hit live series, BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Olympic Gold Medalist and member of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team, Tessa Bonhomme, will swap her hockey blades for figure skates when the hotly-anticipated third season kicks-off on Sunday, September 18 at 8pm with BATTLE OF THE BLADES: GAME ON.

“I can’t wait to take on the NHL players and show them that Women’s hockey has come a long way,” said an excited Tessa Bonhomme. “I am honoured to be the first woman representing all those who play our great game and with a partner like David Pelletier, we will try to take it easy on the NHL guys.”

Since Season 1, the fans have been asking for a female hockey player to be part of the competition and this season BATTLE OF THE BLADES producers were able to pair two Olympic Gold Medalists with Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES partners stars of hockey and figure skating to battle it out in a weekly live skating competition for a $100,000 first prize donation to the charity of their choice. Broadcast from the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, the live elimination competition series airs Sunday nights at 8pm. The live results show follows every Monday night at 8pm where, week after week, a pair will be eliminated until the new Champions are crowned. A total of $290,000 will be donated to charities throughout the 8-week series.

 

The line-up of hockey players for BATTLE OF THE BLADES Season 3 include:

 

Tessa Bonhomme was part of Canada’s Gold Medal-winning women’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. A member of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team since 2004, she has won Gold and Silver medals in world championship competitions, along with numerous awards and records in college hockey during her time with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Bryan Berard, the Rhode Island native was the first overall pick in the 1995 NHL Draft and played for six NHL teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs. On March 11, 2000, while playing for the Leafs in a game against the Senators in Ottawa, the stick of Mariàn Hossa clipped Bryan in the right eye, severely injuring it. With incredible determination and after seven eye surgeries, Bryan returned to the NHL completing one of the greatest comeback stories in hockey history.

Brad May was immortalized with broadcaster Rick Jeanneret’s famous “May Day!” call after scoring a series-clinching goal for Buffalo in the 1993 playoffs against Boston. The former Toronto Maple Leaf (2008-2009) and Vancouver Canuck (1997-2000 and 2002-2004) won the Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Anaheim Ducks.

Boyd Devereaux, an Ontario native, won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002 and a World Junior Championships where he scored the winning goals in both the semi-final and gold medial games in 1997. Boyd played for four NHL teams including the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Wade Belak, the legendary brawler who scored memorable goals against the likes of Martin Brodeur, Robert Luongo and Chris Mason, played for the Calgary Flames (1999-2001) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (2001-2008) in addition to stints with Colorado, Nashville and the Florida Panthers.

Defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, and also spent time with the Quebec Nordiques (1988-1995) and Ottawa Senators. Curtis is an avid cyclist and is known as one of the most fit NHL players.

Ex-Calgary Flame (1996-2000, 2006) Cale Hulse also played for New Jersey, Nashville, Phoenix and Columbus. The 6’3” Alberta native is no stranger to television sets, as he is married to actress Gina Lee Nolin.

 

The figure skaters featured in BATTLE OF THE BLADES Season 3 include:

 

David Pelletier, a three-time Canadian Pairs Champion, World Champion, Grand-Prix Final Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, who in 2002, captured Canada’s first Olympic Gold medal in pairs skating in 42 years. David, with partner and BATTLE OF THE BLADES Season 1 and 2 star Jamie Salé, has been inducted into both the Skate Canada Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy, awarded to outstanding Canadian athletes.

From the legendary Russian pair skating dynasty, two-time World Champion and four–time Russian National Champion Elena Berezhnaya, with partner Anton Sikharulidze, shares the 2002 Olympic gold medal with Canadians Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, awarded amidst the historic judging scandal. Elena and David now face each other again in BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Canadian born Tanith Belbin is a five-time U.S. Ice Dance Champion, four-time World Medalist and 2006 Olympic Ice Dance Silver Medalist with her partner Ben Agosto. Together they won the first Olympic ice dance medal in 30 years for the United States.

Returning from Season 1 after having her first baby is five-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion Marie-France Dubreuil. With her husband Patrice Lauzon, she is the 2006 and 2007 World Silver Medalist. Marie-France and BATTLE OF THE BLADES partner Stephane Richer are remembered as fan favorites.

Returning from Season 2 is World and Olympic Team Member and 2008 Canadian Pairs Champion Anabelle Langlois. Anabelle came back from a near career-ending foot injury to compete at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver with partner Cody Hay. She skated with Georges Laraque last season.

Also returning is Russian born Violetta Afanasieva who joined the Moscow Circus on Ice at the age of 12 and won the first-ever Extreme Ice Skating World Championship with Canadian partner/husband Peter Dack in 2006. Last season she skated with PJ Stock.

Joining the cast for Season 3 is American Kim Navarro, a U.S. World Team Member and two-time U.S. Ice Dance Bronze Medalist with partner Brent Bommentre.

And Marcy Hinzmann-Harris, a U.S. World and Olympic Team member and two-time U.S. Pairs Medalist with partner Aaron Parchem.

CBC Television today confirmed a number of returning shows for the 2011-12 season. Among the returning fan favourites are BATTLE OF THE BLADES and DRAGONS’ DEN, which both regularly drew more than 1.5 million viewers this season, the Down East detective hit REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, Season 9 of THE RICK MERCER REPORT and Season 51 of THE NATURE OF THINGS WITH DAVID SUZUKI.

The following favourites have been renewed and will return to the programming schedule:

 

22 Minutes

Battle of the Blades

Being Erica

Best Recipes Ever

Doc Zone

Dragons’ Den

the fifth estate

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Heartland

InSecurity

Little Mosque on the Prairie

Marketplace

The Nature of Things

Republic of Doyle

The Rick Mercer Report

The Ron James Show

Steven & Chris

Meanwhile, new programming pickups for the 2011-12 season include Mr. D, starring Gerry D and produced by Topsail Entertainment; Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays, featuring the writing and acting talents of Bob Martin and produced by Rhombus Media; the co-production Camelot, from Take 5 Productions; Kevin O’Leary in Dealer to Leader, developed by Wide-Eyed Entertainment in conjunction with CBC; and Cover Me Canada, produced by 11 Entertainment.

Further information on the 2011-12 season will be released at a later date.

It was a season of blood, sweat and tears – eight weeks of stunning performances, incredible showmanship, thrilling victories and heart-breaking defeats. Now, the cast of 2010’s super-hit BATTLE OF THE BLADES gathers together for the very last time to relive the laughter and the tears in AFTER THE ICE MELTS, a one hour special airing Sunday, December 5 at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television.

All 16 competitors, along with hosts Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning and judges Sandra Bezic and Jeremy Roenick, come together on the ice to share the highs and lows of the most exciting season in BLADES history – one that ended with Canadians falling in love with the dynamic Russian pair of Ekaterina “Katia” Gordeeva and Valeri Bure.

AFTER THE ICE MELTS relives the Russians’ fight for the crown – and the bitter disappointments and personal bests of the competitors as the season unfolded. The conversations will be unscripted and the competitors will be candid, as the show recalls the season’s most exciting moments and reveals exclusive, never-before-seen footage that will surprise a country that has grown to love BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal or the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

Valerie Bure and Ekaterina Gordeeva have taken out Battle of the Blades for 2010.

The Russian pair claimed victory in the CBC competition on Monday night after gaining the most votes for the Canadian public.

I think I got paired up with one of the best skaters ever, so anybody you put next to her, she’s going to make look great,” Bure said after the win.

“I just got lucky to be the chosen one.”

The pair takes home the coveted Crystal Trophy along with the right to donate $100,000 to a charity of their choosing.

Todd Warriner and Isabelle Brasseur placed third after receiving the least amount of votes from Sunday’s final performance with Patrice Brisebois and Shae-Lynn Bourne taking the runner-up spot.

CBC is already planning to air a behind the scenes special episode called After The Ice Melts at the beginning of December.

Source: Jam

The Battle of the Blades finale airs tonight from 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) to 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)local time with an action-packed show featuring familiar faces, incredible performances and, of course, the announcement of this season’s winning pair.

Kicking things off is an ensemble piece by all eight pairs of the competition, followed by the “Men of Blades” with co-hosts Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning performing alongside the eight ex-NHLers. Next, Kurt joins the “Women of Blades” for a figure skating spectacle and the action continues as Violetta Afanasieva and her husband Pete Dack treat audiences to their “extreme” skating style – hula-hoop’s and all!

After the winning pair has been awarded the Crystal Trophy and performed one last time together, they will ceremoniously hand over the $100,000 donation to their chosen charity, or $50,000 each if the pair is splitting their support. The charities are: Shae-Lynn Bourne for Make-A-Wish Canada and Patrice Brisebois for Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation; Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner for Heart And Stroke Foundation; Ekaterina Gordeeva for Cardiac Kids and Valeri Bure for Compassion Canada.

Jeremy Roenick has no doubts that the final three remaining contestants on CBC’s Battle of the blades deserve to be there.

One of the three pairs: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois; Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warrier; or Ekaterina Gordeeva and Valerie Bure will be crowned the 2010 champions on Monday night.

Most were surprised to see early season frontrunners Theo Fleury and Jamie Sale exit the show a couple of weeks ago with producer and judge Sandra Bezic telling The Chronicle Herald it was a shock “because they’re both tenacious and such great competitors. But this is sport and anything can happen.”

Roenick echoed her thoughts: “Kelly and Theo did fantastic, but the best three are here and this is how it should be.”

The three former NHL star who remain, say they have taken it up a notch this season and their female partner have noticed.

“The guys watched the show last year and knew what was expected of them,” says Isabelle Brasseur.

Shae-Lynn Bourne agrees: “They stepped up the level right at the beginning.”

As the finale plays out on CBC, a new rival skating show will begin over on CTV with the inaugural Skating With The Stars kicking off with the likes of Vince Neil and Johnny Weir attached.

Source: Chronicle Herald

As BATTLE OF THE BLADES enters its final week, the remaining three skating pairs are preparing for their most important performance yet; the one that will determine their fate in this exhilarating competition series.

Last week, a whopping 1.769 million* Canadians tuned in to see the final four fight for a spot in the top three. Contenders for the winning title are: “The Actors” Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois; “The Sleepers” Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner; and “The Russians” Ekaterina Gordeeva and Valeri Bure.

Both Sunday’s performance show and Monday’s finale air 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) to 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), local time on CBC Television.

Joining the judging panel this week is British Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time World Champion, Christopher Dean. He and his partner Jayne Torvill are arguably the greatest ice dancers in the history of figure skating.

He is looking forward to lending his expertise while sitting alongside head judge Sandra Bezic and permanent judge Jeremy Roenick as they comment on each of the performances but do not assign a score. Only Canada can declare the winning pair, as determined by the highest number of votes.

The final battle begins on Sunday, November 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), when the top three pairs are given two last opportunities to impress Canadians and the judging panel. The first performance is “Skaters’ Choice” where the music and direction of the routine is selected by the pair. The second skate is the pair’s favourite performance of the season – the one they feel best highlights their skill and personality.

The BATTLE OF THE BLADES finale airs Monday, November 22 from 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) to 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)local time with an action-packed show featuring familiar faces, incredible performances and, of course, the announcement of this season’s winning pair.

Kicking things off is an ensemble piece by all eight pairs of the competition, followed by the “Men of Blades” with co-hosts Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning performing alongside the eight ex-NHLers. Next, Kurt joins the “Women of Blades” for a figure skating spectacle and the action continues as Violetta Afanasieva and her husband Pete Dack treat audiences to their “extreme” skating style – hula-hoop’s and all!

After the winning pair has been awarded the Crystal Trophy and performed one last time together, they will ceremoniously hand over the $100,000 donation to their chosen charity, or $50,000 each if the pair is splitting their support. The charities are: Shae-Lynn Bourne for Make-A-Wish Canada and Patrice Brisebois for Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation; Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner for Heart And Stroke Foundation; Ekaterina Gordeeva for Cardiac Kids and Valeri Bure for Compassion Canada.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal or the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

Proving just how quickly things can change when skating on thin ice, Kyoko Ina and Kelly Chase were the sixth eliminated pair on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Ekaterina Gordeeva and Valeri Bure, who also found themselves in the bottom two, will remain in the game for their chance to take home the Crystal trophy and $100,000 donation to their charities of choice in next week’s finale.

After a challenging performance on Sunday night that had Kelly and Kyoko skating to “I Love Your Smile” by Charlie Winston, they received a total judging score of 17.3. Though tonight’s performance improved in technical elements, it was not enough to keep them in the game.

This week’s judging panel: Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick and guest judge Don Cherry were faced with an extremely difficult decision; but after Katia and Val’s near-flawless skate they were left with no choice. For their efforts, the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital Foundation will receive a $25,000 donation in Kyoko and Kelly’s honour.

On Sunday, November 21 at 8 p.m. there will be one final performance show with the Top Three pairs skating. The BATTLE OF THE BLADES finale will air Monday, November 22 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time, during which time all eight pairs will return to the ice for the winning pair will be announced, awarded the Crystal trophy and given the $100,000 donation to their favourite charity.

The Top Three pairs are: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois, Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, Katia Gordeeva and Valeri Bure.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal or the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

Don Cherry, one of Canada’s most popular on-air personalities, as famous for his colour commentary as his iconic colourful blazers, has been announced as this week’s guest judge on BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

With just one week left before the finale, the final four pairs have their work cut out for them, especially the men, as this week is all about them. This week’s theme: “It’s a Man’s World” will include a 30-second solo by each of the men within their performance to songs chosen to reflect how they perceive their relationship with their skating partner.

Don Cherry, one of season one’s favourite guest judges, is honoured to be returning to the judging panel alongside Sandra Bezic and Jeremy Roenick this year. Cherry has entertained and enthralled Canadians with his commentary every Saturday night on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for 31 years. This week, Cherry will bring his unique perspective on how the ex-NHL players are performing as he shares his thoughts on the remaining four pairs.

This Sunday’s performance show features the final four pairs: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois, Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, Ekaterina Gordeeva and Valeri Bure, Kyoko Ina and Kelly Chase.

The BATTLE OF THE BLADES finale weekend has a regular performance show Sunday, November 21 at 8 p.m. with the final three pairs skating. The show’s finale will air Monday, November 22 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time, during which time the winning pair will be announced, awarded the Crystal trophy and given the $100,000 donation to their favourite charity.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

Though they skated to the Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive, it just wasn’t enough to keep Jamie Salé and Theo Fleury safe this week, as they became the fifth eliminated pair on BATTLE OF THE BLADES.  Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, who also found themselves in the bottom two, will remain in the game for another week maintaining their chance to win a $100,000 donation to their charity of choice.

Wowing the crowds and completely getting into the character of their chosen film, Saturday Night Fever, Jamie and Theo’s routine earned them a total score of 17.1 from the judges after Sunday’s performance. This week’s judging panel: Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick and guest judge Toller Cranston were clearly distraught with their decision to eliminate this pair who were obviously crowd favourites; but after two falls and a technically flawed performance, they were left with no choice. For their efforts, The Men’s Project will receive a $25,000 donation in Jamie and Theo’s honour.

With just two weeks left in the competition, the final four pairs will compete on Sunday, November 14: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois, Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, Katia Gordeeva and Valeri Bure, Kyoko Ina and Kelly Chase.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht and show producers are Sandra Bezic and Sue Brophey. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8 p.m. local time.

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