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Initially only airing a single game weekly, the modern incarnation airs a weekly double-header, with game times normally at 7 and 10 p. The broadcast features various segments during the intermissions and between games, as well as pre- and post-game coverage of the night's games, and player interviews.
It also shows the hosts' opinions on news and issues occurring in the league. Rogers had secured exclusive national multimedia rights to NHL games beginning in —15, and sublicensed Saturday night and playoff games to CBC. Hockey Night in Canada has its origins in play-by-play hockey broadcasts, from Toronto's Arena Gardens , which began on February 8, on Toronto station CFCA with Norman Albert announcing only the third period of play in order not to discourage ticket sales.
Foster Hewitt took over announcing duties within a month and, after several years, the program went national as the General Motors Hockey Broadcast , which transmitted Saturday night hockey games of the Toronto Maple Leafs , beginning on November 12, over the Canadian National Railway radio network of which CFCA was an affiliate. Eastern Time around the start of the second period of play.
The series acquired its present title around the same time, coined by Foster Hewitt. After the Maroons folded in , Smith and Ferguson provided English broadcasts of Canadiens games. The great popularity of the radio show and its announcer Foster Hewitt across Canada made it an obvious choice for early Canadian network television programming.
Although never carried on any U. Until the s, there was only one game televised each Saturday night in any particular locality and up to , regular season games were still not broadcast in their entirety. In the s, the HNIC telecast followed the lead of the radio broadcast by coming on the air at 9 p.
ET, with the game typically being joined in progress either just prior to the start of or during the early portion of the second period. ET, which allowed the game to be joined in progress late in the first period. Starting in the fall of , regular-season games were shown in their entirety with a broadcast start time of 8 p. Beginning with the Stanley Cup playoffs , all games broadcast on HNIC were in colour , although a handful of games were broadcast in colour during the —67 regular-season.
The Oilers and Flames were featured frequently as the two teams were contenders the s; in contrast, as the Nordiques were owned by Carling-O'Keefe , a rival to the show's sponsor Molson and whose English-speaking fanbase was very small being located in a near-exclusively Francophone area of Quebec , the Nords were rarely broadcast, and never from Quebec City during the regular-season.
CBC announced before the preliminary round of the playoffs that they will not televise any games from the preliminary round. As a result of this, the rights were sold back to the individual Canadian teams.
Since Montreal earned a bye into the quarterfinals, this impacted Toronto and Vancouver 's television coverage. All of the other games were seen regionally. CTV had the national rights for the Calgary - St. Louis playoff series, except in the Calgary market , for which CBC and Molson retained exclusive rights to. CTV was unable to televise Games 2 and 3 of this series due to prior commitments. While darkness enveloped Montreal and the Forum itself, the Forum's reserve generators kicked into gear.
The generators were only able to illuminate the rink surface with enough power to keep the game moving. Ultimately, CBC was left with no choice but to abandon coverage following the first period.
However, when the Quebec blackout affected CBC's coverage of the Game 1 of the Boston-Montreal playoff series, CBC decided to throw to Cuthbert and the solitary camera beside him in his coverage position to work the rest of the game.
The whole process was totally done off the cuff. In other words, there were no graphics, no replay capabilities, and no analyst In Boston, WSBK-TV lost the picture but continued to carry audio of the game thanks to Fred Cusick and Derek Sanderson talking into a telephone line.
After Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in , the network began showing occasional double-headers when Canadian teams visited Los Angeles to showcase the sport's most popular player. These games were often joined in progress, as the regular start time for HNIC was still 8 p. Pacific Time Eastern. Beginning in the —95 season , weekly double-headers became the norm, with games starting at Eastern and Pacific, respectively.
In , the start times were moved ahead to 7 p. ET and PT. CBC director George Retzlaff made a kinescope recording of a goal, and replayed it to the television audience seconds later. Olympic women's ice hockey champion Cassie Campbell joined Hockey Night in Canada in as a rinkside reporter, becoming on October 14, the first woman to do colour commentary on a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
Beginning —12 , the former Atlanta Thrashers were relocated to Winnipeg and became the new Winnipeg Jets , who played the Montreal Canadiens in the first NHL home game in Winnipeg in 15 years on October 9, , in a losing effort. CBC's deal with the NHL ran through the —14 season , and was replaced in —15 by a sublicensing deal with Rogers Communications see below. The deal includes airings of games on the conventional over-the-air CBC Television network as well as carriage of those broadcasts through digital media, including CBCSports.
Despite the rumours, it always seemed that CTV was unlikely to be interested in the nightly playoff coverage currently provided by the CBC, since weeknight games in April and May would conflict with new episodes of CTV's slate of American programming. A caveat of the deal limits CBC to the number of games per Canadian team it can show so that the seven Canadian-based teams, particularly the Toronto Maple Leafs , can distribute more games to regional carriers, thereby increasing the value of their local packages.
In negotiations for a new contract with CBC, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had reportedly recognized the broadcaster's financial difficulties, and had offered CBC a smaller package which would have consisted of a national doubleheader on Saturday nights as opposed to regional coverage of multiple games , reduced playoff coverage, and the loss of digital rights and the All-Star Game. Rights to the remaining properties not covered under the CBC's contract would have been offered to other broadcasters.
However, CBC Sports' staff, including executive director Jeffrey Orridge , continued to insist that it have exclusivity for every Saturday night game involving Canadian teams. However, CBC Sports' staff did not respond.
In turn, Rogers Communications also made a bid of its own. As part of the deal, CBC sublicensed a package of games from Rogers, allowing the network to continue airing Hockey Night in Canada at least the first four seasons of the agreement —15 thru — The new season marked a significant change in format for Hockey Night , as games are no longer split by region. Decisions on network assignments for the games are made on a week-by-week basis, and ensure that viewers have on-air access to every Hockey Night game as they are being played.
CBC does not pay any rights fees to Rogers or the NHL; however, Rogers assumed responsibility for production and all advertising sales during the telecasts. CBC does not receive any advertising revenue, although promotions for CBC programming are included in telecasts simulcast on CBC, and the corporation still receives some revenue from Rogers for its use of CBC-employed production staff and personalities during the games such as producers Joel Darling and Sherali Najak ,  along with its rent of offices and Studio 41 of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre for both Hockey Night and Sportsnet's overall coverage.
A licence for this arrangement was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in April The loss of NHL rights came as other reductions in funding and revenue had been occurring at CBC, which in turn led the Crown-owned public broadcaster to make budgetary, staffing, and programming cuts in its overall services; it also led to a decision by CBC in April to no longer directly compete for NHL or other pro sports broadcast rights.
Lacroix , in an internal memo to staff notifying them of the Rogers deal, noted that though the arrangement with Rogers "may not be the ideal scenario" for the CBC, he felt the network would have suffered a major blow in prestige had it been shut out from NHL broadcasts entirely.
Lacroix believed the deal "is the right outcome for Canadian hockey fans", as it allows Hockey Night in Canada to remain on CBC and be made available to a wider audience and at a low cost to the broadcaster, especially in the lead-up to the Pan-American Games and Summer Olympics , whose broadcast rights are owned by the CBC. The hire of "Strombo," who is an alum of Toronto sports radio station CJCL and had been hosting his own CBC talk show which ended its year run in , has been seen as an effort by Rogers to expand Hockey Night's appeal toward a younger demographic.
New hires include game announcers Dave Randorf and Paul Romanuk. Content and features on Hockey Night are generally simulcast between the games, which until , included the traditional Coach's Corner segment during the first intermission.
Industry analysts reported that, despite the increased promotion for other CBC programming that is available through the arrangement, that CBC may experience even larger losses in advertising revenue during the Stanley Cup Playoffs due to games nearly every night over its duration. In June , Rogers announced that George Stroumboulopoulos would leave Sportsnet, and that Ron MacLean would be reinstated as studio host for the early game on Hockey Night , alongside his on-location role for Hometown Hockey.
David Amber would serve as studio host for the late game. Eastern time, a little more than 30 minutes prior to the opening faceoff of Game 1 with the pre-game show , Hockey Central Saturday.
The first game of the Saturday night doubleheader typically originates in Eastern Canada , beginning at 7 p. Prior to the —15 season, additional games involving Canadian teams were split to air regionally on CBC stations in different parts of the country. As of the —16 season, the second-most important game is allocated to City typically featuring either the Jets, the Senators or the Montreal Canadiens , and the remaining game to the other Sportsnet channels.
On some occasions, Sportsnet also simulcasts the featured games from CBC or City, and broadcasters of teams that are regionally contracted to Sportsnet, if needed. While second-tier games were typically shown on City in the inaugural season, these games were moved to Sportsnet with City sometimes airing all-U. The Coach's Corner segment was followed by highlights of other games going on during the evening.
There are also interviews with players in between periods, during which the players often brandish towels with the HNIC logo on it. The segment usually focuses on the previous week's news around the NHL, along with highlights and analysis of the games in progress. Following the "three stars" selection of the first game s and before the faceoff of Game 2, MacLean, Hrudey, Burke, and Friedman talk about the early games and show scores and highlights of other games before breaking away to pre-game coverage for the late games.
On November 9, , Cherry made remarks during Coach's Corner suggesting that Canadian immigrants benefit from the sacrifices of veterans and do not wear remembrance poppies.
He remarked, "You people that come here These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers I would have liked to continue doing Coach's Corner. The problem is if I have to watch everything I say, it isn't Coach's Corner. On November 16, , Maclean addressed and reflected on the incident during Hockey Night in Canada , the first without Cherry, also announcing the end of Coach's Corner.
The second game airs at 10 p. PT, 8 p. Since hurry-up faceoffs were introduced, it is extremely rare that a regular-season game runs longer than three hours, and every double-header game is seen in its entirety.
On occasions where there are multiple late games, multiple channels are used similar to the first game and Sportsnet's regional announcers are also utilized. On rare occasions, Hughson and Simpson will call the late game if it is deemed to be the marquee game of the night — this occurs either when the Maple Leafs are idle or they are out of playoff contention.
Scott Oake is usually the ice-level reporter while David Amber takes over for MacLean as studio host. Game 2 is followed by a post-game show, titled After Hours and hosted by Oake and DeBrusk from the arena where they worked that night.
The program features a wrap-up of the night's games, along with an extended interview and viewer questions with a player or coach. The show aired on CBC from —01 to —15, at which point it was discontinued, but After Hours was revived for —17 and is now shown on Sportsnet as well as CBC. Special occasions have included Wayne Gretzky 's final game in which actually took place on a Sunday afternoon , the retirement of Steve Yzerman 's jersey in , Sidney Crosby 's comeback game in Pittsburgh against the New York Islanders in , and early editions of the league's major outdoor games such as the Winter Classic.
CBC also provides extensive Stanley Cup playoff coverage every spring with a focus on Canadian teams. They also have exclusive English-language rights to the Stanley Cup Finals. While its playoff coverage and rights to the Finals will continue under the Rogers sublicensing agreement, coverage will be shared with Sportsnet. For years, all playoff games involving Canadian teams were aired by the CBC, though not always on a national basis.
From through , rights to individual series were instead picked using a draft -like setup; in the first round, CBC first, second, fourth, and sixth selections among opening round series, and TSN had the third, fifth, seventh, and eighth selections. CBC tended to select series involving at least one Canadian team and series involving teams with strong Canadian fanbases such as Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, and Pittsburgh ; as a result of this arrangement, if more than two Canadian teams qualified for the playoffs, it was likely that at least one series involving a Canadian team would be broadcast by TSN.
During the first three rounds of the playoffs, the NHL usually gives higher priority to NBC's requests to schedule afternoon games on the weekends, which results in little or no post-season contests on Saturday nights. Since Game 7 was played on Good Friday night, there were no commercials Imperial Oil was the sponsor.
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Initially only airing a single game weekly, the modern incarnation airs a weekly double-header, with game times normally at 7 and 10 p. The broadcast features various segments during the intermissions and between games, as well as pre- and post-game coverage of the night's games, and player interviews. It also shows the hosts' opinions on news and issues occurring in the league. Rogers had secured exclusive national multimedia rights to NHL games beginning in —15, and sublicensed Saturday night and playoff games to CBC. Hockey Night in Canada has its origins in play-by-play hockey broadcasts, from Toronto's Arena Gardens , which began on February 8, on Toronto station CFCA with Norman Albert announcing only the third period of play in order not to discourage ticket sales. Foster Hewitt took over announcing duties within a month and, after several years, the program went national as the General Motors Hockey Broadcast , which transmitted Saturday night hockey games of the Toronto Maple Leafs , beginning on November 12, over the Canadian National Railway radio network of which CFCA was an affiliate. Eastern Time around the start of the second period of play.
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