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Hockey Night in Canada as we know it is over. There will always be hockey to watch, but the change of broadcaster and the creation of a multi-channel hockey universe means an end to the collective memory of the great game on Saturday nights.

-Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star where you can read more on Hockey Night In Canada.

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Red Winger's avatar

Americans who did not live near the Canadian border or have access to CBC in the 70s won’t be able to relate, but this is truly the passing of an era even for some of us Americans.

It was a family tradition to have us (three boys) watch HNIC every Saturday night, and in-between periods we would rush down the basement to do our own version of “Showdown in the NHL”. Then mom or dad would yell down to us that the next period was about to begin, and back we went to marvel at the likes of Lafluer, Bossy, and Clarke.

Our dad bringing us to the rink when we just learned how to walk started our passion for the game of hockey, but HNIC kept the spark alive on many wintry nights in the U.P. of Michigan.

God bless, HNIC, you were the best, the standard that all the rest will be measured by (but never reach).

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/16/14 at 08:39 AM ET


Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/16/14 at 08:39 AM ET

Very well said, RW.

I shudder at the thought of the next 12 years of hockey being produced by what is by far the worst sports broadcaster in Canada…

Posted by Garth on 06/16/14 at 09:22 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I go back to the early 70’s as well watching HNIC on channel 9 out of Windsor. Danny Galavan, those awful blue blazers the hosts would wear, Show-Down ( thanks redwinger , I couldn’t remember what that was called), Howie Meeker ( golly gee whizz!), Peter puck, Harold Ballard and King Klancy in the bunker at MLG, the Public address announcer at the Garden ( first time I was in Maple Leaf Garden and heard that voice in person was surreal), the night Dave Hodge flipped his pen in the air and was fired soon after because of it, of course Coaches Corner,Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond ( for a short time ) too.

I know some of the old crew will be gone, but I sure hope Rodgers keeps the same sort .......Feel??....I guess ?that the CBC has had for all these years.

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/16/14 at 10:28 AM ET

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