Hockey Night in Canada

HockeyNight2013Fashion will collide hockey on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada during the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In a special feature dubbed Fashion Night in Canada, the hockey crew will receive new looks courtesy of Canadian designers Christopher Bates, Farley Chatto, Haithem Elkadidi of KaaDiki, Marlon Durrant, Caitlin Power and Philip Sparks.

The exclusive new looks will be unveiled ahead of Game 4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins series on Friday, June 7 during the live pre-game show, Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT). Continue reading »

hockey_night_in_canadalogoThe best of the best in the NHL will be honoured during this year’s Stanley Cup Finals on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

Awards will be handed out to the league’s top players, coaches and execs during two TV specials that will air during coverage of the sport’s showpiece.

The night before game 2, the winners of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy, Jack Adams Award, King Clancy Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, NHL Foundation Player award and NHL General Manager of the Year Award will be announced. Continue reading »

HockeyNightCanada2013-2A record number of Canadians tuned in to see the Toronto Maple Leafs go down in OT to the Boston Bruins this week on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

With more than 5.1 million viewers, the game shattered the previous records for both an opening round game and for any Toronto Maple Leafs playoff game broadcast on CBC-TV since metered measurement began.

“We’re thrilled at how Canadians have overwhelmingly embraced CBC’s coverage and joined the yearly tradition that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada,” said Julie Bristow, executive director, studio and unscripted programming, CBC. “These audience numbers are a reflection of the passion our country has for this great game and we’re excited to continue to fuel the excitement with two star-studded match-ups in the second round.” Continue reading »

HockeyNightCanada2013-2When Hockey Night in Canada (finally) returns this weekend, fans will note a few changes have been made.

CBC has said that there will be some “familiar faces in new places” throughout the broadcast.

“To coincide with the start of our 60th season, a milestone year for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, we’ve made exciting changes to our all-star cast of personalities who bring distinct points of view to the broadcast” said Julie Bristow, Executive Director, Studio and Unscripted Programming, CBC.

“In addition to the broadcast team, we are launching: Hockey Night in Canada: 2nd Screen which creates the opportunity for viewers to interact with the game, our show and fans across the country.” Continue reading »

CBC and TSN are set to unleash as torrent of hockey onto Canadian TV screens as the NHL season finally gets underway.

The broadcasters have announced their coverage of the shortened season, which will see each team play 48 games in just 99 days.

CBC will air 49 games as part of the Hockey Night in Canada coverage, kicking off with a triple-header on opening day, January 19. Hockey Day in Canada will return on February 9.

42 games featuring Canadian teams will be broadcast on TSN starting on January 22. A further slew of games featuring American teams will be announced shortly. Continue reading »

Canadian broadcasters are certainly feeling the effects of the NHL lockout with the stalled labour talks starting to hit them where it hurts.

“We miss it every night that we don’t have a live game. We miss the audience that it brings to our network,” TSN president Stewart Johnston, told

Johnston said the network feels the effects most during the week when replacing Wednesday Night Hockey telecasts with basketball games.

“Midweek, we certainly are feeling the pain. Those audiences are led into our news broadcasts, and they don’t have that big driver in hockey,”

CBC is also taking a hit, missing out on key ad revenue and audiences. Continue reading »

Saturdays may become re-run nights on CBC if the hockey lock-out continues into 2013.

The broadcaster is considering filling the vacant Hockey Night in Canada slot with repeats of part of its weekly line-up.

English service boss Kirstine Stewart said the current classic NHL games running in the timeslot are just a temporary fix.

The news comes as CBC announced their winter season line-up, which boasts the likes of Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Arctic Air and Mr. D. Continue reading »

The lack of hockey on Canadian TV thanks to the lockout is not proving all that bad for some networks.

Hockey fans are turning to their favourite American shows to pass the time as they wait for their teams to return to the ice.

CTV is reporting a big rise in Saturday night viewing for their Big Bang Night on CTV, which comprises of re-runs of The Big Bang Theory.

They have doubled their audience in the 8-10pm timeslot while fellow Bell channels The Comedy Network and TSN boast rises of 56,000 and 50,000 viewers respectively. Continue reading »

CBC could be out of pocket as much as $200m annually if it loses the rights to Hickey Night in Canada in 2014 when its current broadcast agreement expires.

A submission by the broadcast watchdog Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to the CRTC outlined the trouble CBC could be in should it not regain the hockey rights.

“The CBC is hooked on hockey and the lockout could be just a bitter foretaste of the future for the CBC,” says Ian Morrison, spokesperson for FRIENDS.

“All told, the loss of hockey would be much worse than the most recent round of cuts from the federal budget. It would be a game changer for our national public broadcaster.” Continue reading »

CBC says they are preparing to take a financial hit should the NHL lockout continue for some time.

Hubert Lacroix, CBC president, said that if there is no Hickey Night in Canada the broadcaster will suffer.

“We have replacement programming for that, it’s not like we’re going to go to dead air,” Lacroix said.

“It’s disappointing to everybody who’s a hockey fan not to have Hockey Night in Canada.”

The NHL lockout is more bad news for the broadcaster, which suffered a 10% cut in funding from the federal government recently as it tries to reduce spending across departments. Continue reading »