CBC’S Hockey Night in Canada Bringing Viewers a New Look for its 60th Season


January 17, 2013, (ISN) – When hockey fans tune in to CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, they’ll notice a few changes to the show.

The new rendition of ‘Hockey Tonight’ as performed by Colin MacDonald of The Trews, new animations and some familiar faces in new places throughout the broadcast.

Connecting viewers to the game on all platforms including Facebook and Twitter, the iconic program now gives viewers a new way to interact and engage with the game through smartphones, tablets and computers with Hockey Night in Canada: 2nd Screen presented by Budweiser, launching January 19 at CBCSports.ca.

“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.”

Scotiabank Hockey Tonight will give viewers their first chance to see the new lineup. Host Ron MacLean is joined at the desk by hockey insiders and analysts Glenn Healy, P.J. Stock, Kevin Weekes, Elliotte Friedman with Andi Petrillo at the Chevrolet I-Desk. The same team will guide viewers from the pre-game to the final horn every Saturday night throughout the NHL season. In her role, Petrillo becomes the first full-time female Hockey Night in Canada in-studio personality.

First up for the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight team is an exclusive CBC concert event on January 19 from outside the Bell Centre in Montreal featuring homegrown rock band Simple Plan and hosted by Daryn Jones and Rebecca Makonnen. Portions of the concert event will be broadcast during Scotiabank Hockey Tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. In addition to the concert, CBC will have teams on-site that night in Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver, connecting with fans and distributing free giveaways and prizes.

The in-game broadcast teams will have a slightly different look as well this season, with the duo of Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson calling the Prime East games while Rick Ball will call the play-by-play alongside analyst Kelly Hrudey for many of the Prime West games throughout the season. CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s team of rinkside reporters will keep viewers up-to-date on the latest news and notes throughout every game, including David Amber with the Prime East crew and Scott Oake handling reporting duties for the Prime West games in addition to anchoring After Hours to conclude the night.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA regional broadcasts feature Bob Cole (play-by-play) and Garry Galley (analysis), and Dean Brown (play-by-play) and either Greg Millen or Galley (analysis) in the East while West games feature Mark Lee (play-by-play) and Millen (analysis). A host of experienced reporters join the regional teams each week, including Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Mitch Peacock, and Bruce Rainnie. In addition, veteran hockey writer Tim Wharnsby keeps fans up-to-date with the latest news and analysis from around the league at CBCSports.ca.

The always candid Don Cherry returns to share his unique – and often controversial – thoughts on Coach’s Corner presented by Budweiser alongside MacLean during the first intermission of the Prime East game. Enjoying expanded program coverage this year, Cherry returns at the end of the first period of the Prime West game with additional thoughts and commentary.

Wrapping up the night each Saturday is After Hours with hosts Oake and Hrudey as they welcome the NHL’s biggest names following the Prime West game. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with the hosts and their guests by submitting questions via Twitter.

Viewers don’t need to wait until the end of the night to engage with CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA because the show is taking the viewing experience to a whole new level this season with the launch of Hockey Night in Canada: 2nd Screen presented by Budweiser. Beginning January 19, fans can log in during national broadcasts and interact with in-game features that reflect the live game action.

By signing in using a Facebook login, fans can test their knowledge and try their luck at predicting team and player performances to earn points and win weekly prizes as well as a grand prize at the end of the season.

Additional interactive features include:

  • · Connection to friends via Facebook and Twitter
  • · Live scoreboard tracking each user’s point totals
  • · Live Twitter feed
  • · Live NHL scoreboard
  • · Schedule of upcoming Hockey Night in Canada games

In addition to the second screen experience, hockey fans will soon be able to connect with CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA through their Xbox consoles. Hockey Night in Canada on Xbox will give viewers the opportunity to watch live games and stay up-to-date with special in-game features designed specifically for them. With near instant three-minute highlight packs after each game, scores, schedules, and a Weekly Top 5 featuring the greatest saves, most amazing goals and best plays of the week, Xbox will connect hockey fans to the game like never before. Hockey Night in Canada on Xbox is scheduled to launch later this winter.

Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi presented by Chevrolet returns for every Saturday night national double-header with veteran host Harnarayan Singh as he handles play-by-play duties alongside analysts Bhola Chauhan and Inderpreet Cumo. Fans can enjoy every Saturday night national broadcast with live online streaming from CBCSports.ca and on TV through Bell Satellite TV channel 232, Bell Fibe TV 232, Rogers Digital TV channel 799, Shaw Digital TV channel 328 and TELUS Optik TV 131.

HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA RADIO on SiriusXM has been breaking the latest hockey news since it launched in the fall. The flagship show of NHL Network radio airs daily from 3-5 p.m. ET as members of the HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA team along with impressive list of guests discuss and debate the game of hockey in an opinionated, informed and entertaining way. The show airs Monday to Friday at 3 p.m. ET on Sirius channel 207 and XM 92.

Fans can connect with CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA online at CBCSports.ca/HockeyNightInCanada, through Twitter (#HockeyNight), Facebook and Pinterest. A special 60th season microsite (within CBCSports.ca) provides hockey fans with a way to relive 60 years of great moments and memories. Fans can also stay up-to-date with the Hockey Night in Canada app for iOS and Windows 8, and via Google Currents.

Staying connected with CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ensures that viewers will receive updates on all of the additional ways the network will celebrate the 60th season, including news on Ron MacLean and Don Cherry’s visits to each of the Canadian NHL cities, a special end-of-season gala event, and exciting entertainment programming through a free concert series.

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