Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/20/07 at 12:49 PM ET
Let the 2007-08 season begin! CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to be the premier destination for hockey fans everywhere, with a fresh, jam-packed, action-filled broadcast package featuring a walloping 87-game schedule - more games than ever before - plus a record number of games in High-Definition, 18 regional matchups, 23 all-Canadian matchups, 11 afternoon games, seven tripleheaders, Saturday night doubleheaders all season long, the 26th season of the illustrious Coach’s Corner starring Don Cherry, the 2007 Hall of Fame Game, the AMP NHL Winter Classic outdoor game, the eighth annual CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebration presented by Tim Hortons and the 56th NHL All-Star Game, all capped off with the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive coverage of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.
The 55th season of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA kicks off Saturday, Sept. 29 at 12 noon ET with the first game of the NHL’s 90th anniversary season featuring the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks taking on the Los Angeles Kings at 0(2) Arena in London, England - the birthplace of the Stanley Cup. Host Ron MacLean will be joined by Cassie Campbell, and the newest member of the broadcast team, analyst Craig Simpson, at the CBC broadcast centre, while Jim Hughson and Greg Millen will hit the broadcast booth in England to call the game. The action continues on Thursday, Oct. 4 with a special mid-week doubleheader beginning at 7 p.m. ET, as the Senators raise their 2007 Eastern Conference Championship banner to the rafters at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, followed by another chapter in the Battle of Ontario as they face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the nightcap of the twin bill, the Flames host Philadelphia in Calgary at 10 p.m. ET.
Beginning Oct. 6, all Saturdays start at 6:30 p.m. ET with CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA all-new Scotiabank Hockey Tonight pre-game show, hosted by MacLean. Scotiabank Hockey Tonight will feature two fresh segments, including Inside Hockey and Viewpoint. Inside Hockey will tell the stories of the people and places that shape the game of hockey, while Viewpoint, hosted by Scott Morrison, will provide news and information developing around the league that day, as well as from the previous week.
Think Hockey, the popular feature sponsored by The Home Depot and hosted by MacLean, returns to the pre-game show for the second season and will include a well-known hockey expert presenting a skill, tip, idea or piece of advice designed to help develop a more complete hockey player. The second of the two nightly Think Hockey episodes airs following Game One of the traditional Saturday night doubleheader.
Following Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to own Saturday nights, with its first Saturday night doubleheader of the season. In Game One of the twin bill at 7 p.m. ET, the Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens in Toronto, while the New York Rangers take on the Senators in Ottawa. Bob Cole and Greg Millen will call the Leafs/Canadiens matchup, while Don Wittman and Harry Neale will be in the broadcast booth for the Sens/Rangers game.
Returning to CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast during the first intermission of Game One is the legendary Don Cherry and ever-popular Coach’s Corner. Hotstove also returns during the second intermission with a new edge, as MacLean is joined by some of hockey’s most influential and knowledgeable people - including former NHL players, league officials and journalists - to candidly break down and debate the game at-hand, as well as to discuss other current NHL issues.
In the nightcap of the Oct. 6 doubleheader, the Flames face off against the Vancouver Canucks in an all-Canadian western showdown at 10 p.m. ET. Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey will be rinkside at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, while Jim Hughson hits the broadcast booth to call the game alongside Craig Simpson.
Behind the Mask, the engaging and entertaining segment hosted by Oake and Hrudey, returns for its ninth season during the first intermission of Game Two. In the second intermission of Game Two, MacLean hosts Scoreboard Saturday, keeping fans up-to-date on all of the night’s scores and highlights from around the league. At 1 a.m. ET, After Hours, the only-one-of-its-kind post-game show, also hosted by Oake and Hrudey, caps off the full night of hockey with live in-depth post-game interviews featuring NHL players and personalities.
Throughout 2007-08, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA will also have coverage of key games and events, including the 2007 Hall of Fame Game on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET; the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic outdoor game from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo on Jan. 1; the NHL Super Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET; the 56th NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. ET; a special Sunday afternoon broadcast on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. ET, featuring an Original Six showdown between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens; and the eighth annual CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebration presented by Tim Hortons on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12 noon ET.
For the first time during CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA regular season, viewers will be able to watch the CBC game of their choice with live and on-demand online video streaming of all games, including the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight pre-game show and After Hours, the post-game show-all available at cbcsports.ca. Plus, for the first time ever, cbcsports.ca will offer fans daily NHL highlight video clips from around the league.
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