Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/06/12 at 02:25 PM ET
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s the most vivid and colourful aspect of Hockey Night in Canada.
No, we’re not talking about Don Cherry’s wardrobe.
The first thing viewers see when they tune in CBC hockey is a one- to two-minute montage combining game and archival footage with music. The pieces segue directly into the classic Hockey Night opener, featuring the swirling bagpipes, the voice of Foster Hewitt (“Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland”) and the stylized images of Stanley Cup heroics performed by Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur, Johnny Bower, Mario Lemieux and the ne plus ultra, Bobby Orr.
The segments are designed to whet your appetite for what you’re about to see; and the tease works consistently – to the extent that some nights the intro is the best part of the game. It is certainly the hippest ... if that adjective can be applied to a venerable TV franchise haunted by the black-and-white ghosts of Ward Cornell and Murray Westgate.
Trevor Pilling knows how artful combinations of music and sound can enhance a sports telecast. The 43-year-old executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada got his start in 1986 as a camera operator in Brandon, Man. Peering through a viewfinder left Pilling with an enduring appreciation of television as a visual medium.
Below, watch an extended version of HNIC opening montage from 2009, Leafs/Canadiens….
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