Is it Saturday yet?! CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA announces exciting new details for 2007-08 season



    Brand new pre-game show Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, the AMP Energy NHL
    Winter Classic outdoor game, more games than ever in HD, and live and
    on-demand online video streaming of all games highlight upcoming season

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - Let the 2007-08 season begin! CBC'S HOCKEY
NIGHT IN CANADA continues to be the premier destination for hockey fans
everywhere, with a fresh, jam-packed, action-filled broadcast package
featuring a walloping 87-game schedule - more games than ever before - plus a
record number of games in High-Definition, 18 regional matchups, 23
all-Canadian matchups, 11 afternoon games, seven tripleheaders, Saturday night
doubleheaders all season long, the 26th season of the illustrious Coach's
Corner starring Don Cherry, the 2007 Hall of Fame Game, the AMP NHL Winter
Classic outdoor game, the eighth annual CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebration
presented by Tim Hortons and the 56th NHL All-Star Game, all capped off with
the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive coverage of the 2008 Stanley Cup
Final.
    The 55th season of CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA kicks off Saturday, Sept.
29 at 12 noon ET with the first game of the NHL's 90th anniversary season
featuring the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks taking on the Los Angeles
Kings at 0(2) Arena in London, England - the birthplace of the Stanley Cup.
Host Ron MacLean will be joined by Cassie Campbell, and the newest member of
the broadcast team, analyst Craig Simpson, at the CBC broadcast centre, while
Jim Hughson and Greg Millen will hit the broadcast booth in England to call
the game. The action continues on Thursday, Oct. 4 with a special mid-week
doubleheader beginning at 7 p.m. ET, as the Senators raise their 2007 Eastern
Conference Championship banner to the rafters at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa,
followed by another chapter in the Battle of Ontario as they face off against
the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the nightcap of the twin bill, the Flames host
Philadelphia in Calgary at 10 p.m. ET.
    Beginning Oct. 6, all Saturdays start at 6:30 p.m. ET with CBC'S HOCKEY
NIGHT IN CANADA all-new Scotiabank Hockey Tonight pre-game show, hosted by
MacLean. Scotiabank Hockey Tonight will feature two fresh segments, including
Inside Hockey and Viewpoint. Inside Hockey will tell the stories of the people
and places that shape the game of hockey, while Viewpoint, hosted by Scott
Morrison, will provide news and information developing around the league that
day, as well as from the previous week.
    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids, a special promotion launching at
cbcsports.ca/hockey on Oct. 4, provides an exciting opportunity for minor
hockey teams across the country to have the honour of welcoming viewers to
CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. Parents, coaches and children will be invited to
submit why their team deserves to be the next "Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids"
at cbcsports.ca/hockey, with winning teams appearing on the opening of
Scotiabank Hockey Tonight all throughout the regular season, beginning Nov.
17.
    Think Hockey, the popular feature sponsored by The Home Depot and hosted
by MacLean, returns to the pre-game show for the second season and will
include a well-known hockey expert presenting a skill, tip, idea or piece of
advice designed to help develop a more complete hockey player. The second of
the two nightly Think Hockey episodes airs following Game One of the
traditional Saturday night doubleheader.
    Following Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
continues to own Saturday nights, with its first Saturday night doubleheader
of the season. In Game One of the twin bill at 7 p.m. ET, the Leafs host the
Montreal Canadiens in Toronto, while the New York Rangers take on the Senators
in Ottawa. Bob Cole and Greg Millen will call the Leafs/Canadiens matchup,
while Don Wittman and Harry Neale will be in the broadcast booth for the
Sens/Rangers game. (Please visit cbcsports.ca for complete broadcast
schedule).
    Returning to CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast during the first
intermission of Game One is the legendary Don Cherry and ever-popular Coach's
Corner. Hotstove also returns during the second intermission with a new edge,
as MacLean is joined by some of hockey's most influential and knowledgeable
people - including former NHL players, league officials and journalists - to
candidly break down and debate the game at-hand, as well as to discuss other
current NHL issues.
    In the nightcap of the Oct. 6 doubleheader, the Flames face off against
the Vancouver Canucks in an all-Canadian western showdown at 10 p.m. ET. Scott
Oake and Kelly Hrudey will be rinkside at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary,
while Jim Hughson hits the broadcast booth to call the game alongside Craig
Simpson.
    Behind the Mask, the engaging and entertaining segment hosted by Oake and
Hrudey, returns for its ninth season during the first intermission of Game
Two. In the second intermission of Game Two, MacLean hosts Scoreboard
Saturday, keeping fans up-to-date on all of the night's scores and highlights
from around the league. At 1 a.m. ET, After Hours, the only-one-of-its-kind
post-game show, also hosted by Oake and Hrudey, caps off the full night of
hockey with live in-depth post-game interviews featuring NHL players and
personalities.
    Throughout 2007-08, CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA will also have coverage
of key games and events, including the 2007 Hall of Fame Game on Saturday,
Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET; the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic outdoor game from
Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo on Jan. 1; the NHL Super Skills Competition on
Saturday, Jan 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET; the 56th NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan.
27 at 6 p.m. ET; a special Sunday afternoon broadcast on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. ET,
featuring an Original Six showdown between the New York Rangers and Montreal
Canadiens; and the eighth annual CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebration
presented by Tim Hortons on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12 noon ET.
    For the first time during CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA regular season,
viewers will be able to watch the CBC game of their choice with live and
on-demand online video streaming of all games, including the Scotiabank Hockey
Tonight pre-game show and After Hours, the post-game show-all available at
cbcsports.ca. Plus, for the first time ever, cbcsports.ca will offer fans
daily NHL highlight video clips from around the league.
    Finally, for hockey fans who simply cannot wait until Saturday nights to
get their CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA fix, HNIC Radio on SIRIUS hits the
airwaves on SIRIUS Satellite Radio's Channel 122 on Oct. 1, and will air
Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. ET. Jeff Marek, one of sports talk
radio's brightest stars, joins HNIC Radio as host, and will work alongside
rotating co-hosts Kelly Hrudey, Elliotte Friedman and Scott Morrison. HNIC
Radio will feature intelligent hockey talk, insight and debate, keeping fans
up-to-date on all the breaking news and issues from the world of hockey.
    CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA wraps up the regular season on Saturday,
April 5, followed by the start of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 9.
CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA offers viewers full coverage of all the Canadian
teams' games throughout the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive Canadian
coverage of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.
    Hockey fans can visit cbcsports.ca 24 hours a day, seven days a week for
live and on-demand video streaming of all games as well as comprehensive NHL
coverage, including weekly columns from analyst Scott Morrison, breaking news,
in-depth reports, broadcast schedules and more. (xx) TV schedule available at
cbcsports.ca(xx)




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Media Profile, Toronto, (416) 342-1818, (Cell) (416) 500-4733

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