CBC's Hockey Day In Canada unveils key details surrounding eighth annual broadcast celebration

    CBC'S Hockey Night in Canada, CBC News: The National, CBC Radio One, HNIC
    Radio on SIRIUS and CBC News at Six all descend upon Winkler, MB to
    participate in Canada's hockey holiday

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Prepare to celebrate, Canada! CBC'S HOCKEY DAY
IN CANADA eighth annual broadcast, presented by Tim Hortons, drops the puck on
Saturday, Feb. 9, at 12 noon ET, as host Ron MacLean tells the story of the
sport that unites us all, live from Winkler, Man. MacLean will be front and
centre at the Winkler Recreation Complex to pay tribute to Canada's great
frozen game, alongside Don Cherry, Cassie Campbell, Scott Morrison and Dick
    The 2008 edition of CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will celebrate "The
Journey", exploring how people's lives are shaped and changed by the game of
hockey. Edmonton Oilers forward Dustin Penner, a native of Winkler, began his
unique hockey journey at the rink in Winkler when he was a high school player,
and finished with hoisting the Stanley Cup in Anaheim in June 2007. The
Stanley Cup champion returns to his hometown to celebrate CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN
CANADA, and joins MacLean and Kelly Hrudey in Winkler to kick off a special
Thursday night edition of CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, as the Canadiens host
the Toronto Maple Leafs in Montreal, on Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET.
    Headlining the wall-to-wall hockey celebration, on Feb. 9, is the
traditional big-ticket NHL tripleheader, featuring all of Canada's teams,
starting with Detroit facing off against the Leafs in Toronto, at 2 p.m. CT /
3 p.m. ET, followed by Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, at 5:30 p.m. CT / 6:30 p.m.
ET, and Montreal at Ottawa / Edmonton at Calgary, at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET. In
the nightcap of CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA tripleheader, Vancouver hosts
Colorado, at 9 p.m. CT / 10 p.m. ET. CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will be
available live and on-demand at cbcsports.ca.
    During the 13.5 hour-long broadcast, CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will
visit the following locations across the country, exploring the importance of
our game to these communities:

    -  Winkler, Man. - MacLean will be joined by Cherry, Campbell, Morrison
       and Irvin to tell the story of Winkler, a Mennonite community founded
       in 1892. Known for its aggressive immigration initiatives, it is also
       home to the Winkler Flyers Junior A hockey club of the Manitoba Junior
       Hockey League, former team of Ed Belfour, and is the hometown of
       Stanley Cup champion forward Dustin Penner. Former NHL'ers Wendel
       Clark and Perry Berezan will be on-hand in Winkler, along with Penner,
       to celebrate the festivities

    -  Duncan, B.C. - CBC's Karin Larsen reports from the Cowichan Centre,
       home of the Cowichan Valley Capitals, a Junior A team of the British
       Columbia Hockey League. The Capitals will be taking on their Island
       rivals, the Victoria Grizzlies, with former NHL stars Doug Bodger and
       Geoff Courtnall behind the benches, for the Capitals and Grizzlies,

    -  Black Diamond, Alta. - CBC's Doug Dirks will be on location in the
       southern Alberta town for the grand opening of the Scott Seaman
       Memorial Arena, a new outdoor rink. Jim Peplinski and other members of
       the Calgary Flames alumni will take part in the festivities

    -  Cochrane, Ont. - CBC's Brenda Irving will go rinkside at the Tim
       Hortons Events Centre in the hometown of Tim Horton, the late hockey
       legend. Horton's daughters and former teammates will be in Cochrane to
       celebrate the grand opening of this facility

    -  Ottawa, Ont. - CBC's Bruce Rainnie provides coverage from the shadows
       of Parliament Hill as the Ottawa Senators alumni take on
       representatives from the Department of National Defense in a special
       outdoor shinny game on the Rideau Canal

    -  Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. - Enthusiasm for outdoor pond hockey
       continues to spread across the country, including in Quebec. P.J.
       Stock, CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA analyst, hosts from St-Jean-sur-
       Richelieu, as the community hosts their second annual tournament on
       the Chambly Canal, featuring more than 60 teams

    -  New Glasgow, N.S. - CBC's Linda Kelly is joined by New York Islanders
       forward Jon Sim at a Winter Carnival in New Glasgow, Sim's hometown.
       Sim will be donating equipment to minor hockey in New Glasgow through
       the National Hockey League Players' Association Goals and Dreams

    In addition to visiting several locations throughout Canada, CBC'S HOCKEY
DAY IN CANADA telecast will also present the following stories:

    -  "No Ordinary Joe" - This special CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA edition of
       Inside Hockey features CBC Sports' Scott Morrison telling the story
       of former NHLer Joe Juneau's intriguing life after hockey, as Juneau
       brings his hockey passion and knowledge to the children of the
       northern community of Kuujjuaq, Que.

    -  "Driven by Desire" - CBC Sports' Scott Russell profiles Scott
       Stafford, a forward for the Sarnia Blast of the Greater Ontario Junior
       Hockey League. Despite being born with one hand, Stafford has risen
       through the ranks of elite hockey

    -  "A Goalie's Journey" - CBC's Lynda Calvert reports on Jana Bugden, a
       former NCAA goalie from Corner Brook, Nfld., who battles to crack the
       lineup of the Corner Brook Royals Senior League team

    -  "The Matt Stairs Story" - CBC's Tom Harrington reports on how the
       Toronto Blue Jays' slugger and one of Canada's most accomplished
       baseball players spends the off-season as an assistant high school
       hockey coach in Bangor, Maine - a few short hours from where he grew
       up in New Brunswick

    CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge also heads to Manitoba for
the hockey celebration, as CBC NEWS: The National broadcasts from Winkler on
Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8, at 10 p.m. local on CBC Television, and
9 p.m. ET/PT and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld. Manitoba's CBC News at Six,
featuring host Janet Stewart, meteorologist John Sauder and sports reporter
Mike Beauregard, will broadcast live at a special time from Winkler at 5 p.m.
CT on Thursday, Feb. 7, prior to CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, and from Morden
on Friday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. CT.
    CBC Radio One will also provide complete coverage, beginning with
Information Radio, hosted by Terry MacLeod and Marcy Markusa (5:30 to
8:30 a.m. CT), on Friday, Feb. 8. Radio Noon with host Marilyn Maki broadcasts
live from Winkler in the early afternoon (12 noon to 1 p.m. CT); Up To Speed,
hosted by Margaux Watt, continues with live reports (3 to 6 p.m. CT) and The
Weekend Morning Show with Beverley Watson (6 to 9 a.m. CT) will broadcast live
on Saturday, Feb. 9 from the Winkler Recreation Complex.
    HNIC Radio on SIRIUS, available on SIRIUS Satellite Radio's Channel 122,
will also broadcast live from Winkler on Feb. 7 and 8 (3 to 5 p.m. CT), and on
Feb. 9 (9 to 11 a.m. CT). Host Jeff Marek and co-host Scott Morrison will hit
the lobby of the Winkler Recreation Complex to provide intelligent hockey
talk, insight and analysis and to keep fans up-to-date on all the breaking
news and issues from the world of hockey, and from CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA
festivities. Hockey fans can visit www.siriuscanada.ca to listen to SIRIUS
live, or to purchase a SIRIUS radio and subscription.
    CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebration will also feature an exclusive
online auction, in conjunction with the National Hockey League Players'
Association (NHLPA), at www.cbcsports.ca/hockeydayincanada. Featuring a CBC's
Hockey Day in Canada custom-made Gibson guitar designed by graphic design
artist Ray Bishop, and one-of-a-kind autographed hockey memorabilia graciously
donated by the NHLPA, NHL and Canadian NHL teams, the online auction launched
Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. ET, and runs until 8 p.m. ET, on Sunday, Feb. 10. Proceeds
from the online auction will go to KidSport Manitoba to assist with minor
hockey registration fees. The NHLPA will also match the funds raised via an
equipment donation to KidSport Manitoba as part of the NHLPA Goals & Dreams
    CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA eighth annual broadcast, on Feb. 9, 2008,
marks the continuation of an important Canadian hockey tradition. Winner of
three Gemini Awards, CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA was recognized for Best Sports
Program (2004) and Best Host in a Sports Program (Ron MacLean in 2004 and
2006). Previous host locations for CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA include Nelson,
B.C. (2007); Stephenville, Nfld. (2006); Shaunavon, Sask. (2004); Iqualuit,
Nunavut (2003); Windsor, N.S. (2002); Red Deer, Alta. (2001); and Toronto,
Ont. (2000). Fans can also log on to cbcsports.ca/hockeydayincanada for
stories, updates, video features and photo galleries, beginning Jan. 26.

    CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television,
the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record
and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services,
CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

                                                            January 29, 2008

    Thursday, Feb. 7
    6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET       CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA:
                                Toronto at Montreal

    Saturday, Feb. 9
    11 a.m. CT/12 noon ET       CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA (Live from
                                Winkler, Man.)
    2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET         CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA:
                                Detroit at Toronto
    5:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. ET   CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA:
                                Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
    6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET         CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA:
                                Montreal at Ottawa/Edmonton at Calgary
    9 p.m. CT/10 p.m. ET        CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA:
                                Colorado at Vancouver
    12 midnight CT/1 a.m. ET    CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA: After Hours

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