CBC celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada from coast to coast, February 9

Hockey Night in Canada's Ron MacLean and Don Cherry host from Peterborough, ON, with all seven Canadian NHL teams in action throughout the day

TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - CBC and Scotiabank are celebrating Canada's national pastime and the heart that defines the players and communities involved in the game with the 13th edition of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. The day-long broadcast on CBC features all seven Canadian NHL teams in action on Saturday, February 9 from Peterborough, ON.

"Scotiabank is excited to celebrate teams at both the community and NHL level across Canada through its sponsorship of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada," said Anatol von Hahn, Scotiabank Group Head, Canadian Banking. "We are committed to building teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship in the communities where we live and work through our support of more than 4,500 minor hockey teams across the country. We look forward to sharing stories from teams of all kinds and invite families and fans of all ages to attend this year's festivities or watch from home as we celebrate Canada's game."

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada connects Canadians to the game they love with stories from communities across the country and live looks at local celebrations taking place from coast-to-coast-to-coast. The theme of this year's celebration is 'Heart' and throughout the day CBC will present viewers with stories that demonstrate the passion that brings people and communities together through the game of hockey, and life lessons learned by being involved in grassroots hockey.

This year's broadcast begins at 12 noon ET/9 a.m. PT with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry live from Peterborough and the Under the Lock Hockey Tournament on the Trent Canal and an OHL game between the Peterborough Petes and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as the backdrop. From there MacLean and Cherry will be joined by NHL Alumni and former Olympic athletes to bring Canadians a full day of exciting events including live look-ins from grassroots hockey celebrations across the country. In addition to Peterborough, other Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada event locations such as St. Johns, NL will be featured on the broadcast.  Further event and broadcast details will follow in the coming days.

"Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will be an unforgettable day for Canadians, who are devoted fans and truly love this great game," said Olympic gold medalist, Scotiabank Hockey Ambassador and Hockey Night in Canada reporter Cassie Campbell-Pascall. "Canadians are passionate hockey fans and we want to make sure this year's event is a memorable one for everyone whether they attend Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada events or tune into the CBC broadcast."

The games begin at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT with the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Detroit Red Wings, while the Winnipeg Jets play host to the Ottawa Senators. Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada continues following the first games with more from MacLean as well as live look-ins from the celebratory events taking place across the country.

Scotiabank Hockey Tonight leads viewers into the evening set of games at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT, followed by an Original Six match-up that sees the Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Montreal to take on the rival Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. The final game of the night has the Calgary Flames taking on the Canucks in Vancouver at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT followed by After Hours with Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey.

A number of events are set to lead up to February 9, including on-ice clinics and school visits with the Stanley Cup.

Viewers can connect with CBC and Scotiabank leading up to and throughout Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada online at CBCSports.ca/HockeyDay, on Facebook and on Twitter by following @CBCHockeyDay and @ScotiaHockey and using #hockeyday.

Lloydminster, AB/SK, originally scheduled to host this year's event will host a full five-day Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada in 2014.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus five languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL Alumni™, CWHL, Winnipeg Jets™, Toronto Maple Leafs®, Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome, and the Ottawa Senators® whose home arena is Scotiabank Place. The Bank also has a partnership with the Montreal Canadiens®. Scotiabank has a long tradition of supporting hockey in Canada from local teams and minor hockey associations to professional players and leagues. Across Canadian communities from coast to coast, Scotiabank's Community Hockey Sponsorship Program supports more than 4,500 minor hockey teams and leagues. To find out more about Scotiabank's hockey programs, please visit www.facebook.com/scotiahockeyclub.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, 'Bright Future'.  Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com

About CBC's Brand New In-House Publicity Team
CBC's brand new team of in-house publicists are delivering a comprehensive publicity service for all CBC programming and events.  For a complete list of publicity contacts and for more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the new CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre

SOURCE: Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations

For further information:

Simon Bassett, Publicist, CBC
Simon.Bassett@cbc.ca  416.205.8533 (Office)/416.988.1590 (Mobile)

Sheena Findlay, Scotiabank Media Communications
sheena.findlay@scotiabank.com 416.866.6806 (Office) 647.628.3501 (Mobile)

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