CBC To Bring Out Celebs, Legends for Habs Tribute

Everyone’s around the sport has been celebrating the Canadiens Centennial celebration this year, and CBC is no exception.  Canada’s public broadcaster will present a special titled “The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years – 100 Stars” on Friday, January 23rd, the day before the All-Star festivities begin.

The special will feature your requisite interviews with such Habs greats as Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, Guy LaFleur, Guy Carbonneau, Bob Gainey and Ken Dryden.  But it will also feature comments from other celebrities such as Dan Aykroyd, Jay Baruchel, Tommy Lasorda and Jason Priestly.

We’ll hope this one pops up on YouTube or CBC’s video site so we can check it out, it should be fun for those of you who can see it.  The full CBC press release is after the jump.

The Montreal Canadiens franchise turns 100! CBC Television celebrates this milestone with THE MONTREAL CANADIENS: 100 YEARS – 100 STARS. Hosted by The Hour’s George Stroumboulopoulos, this one-hour special features celebrities and hockey legends recounting the history of Les Habitants, the culture that has surrounded the team throughout the years, and the passion for the Habs, which resonates with fans across Canada and around the world. THE MONTREAL CANADIENS: 100 YEARS – 100 STARS airs on Friday, Jan. 23, at 9 p.m.


Through personal stories from performers such as Anne Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Colm Feore, Roy Dupuis, Jay Barachel, Tommy Lasorda, Jason Priestly, Gino Vanelli, Rick Mercer, Oliver Jones and Sam Roberts, among many other celebrities, THE MONTREAL CANADIENS: 100 YEARS – 100 STARS chronicles the story of the Montreal Canadiens beyond the ice. It traces the evolution of the city of Montreal, from the pre-war music halls and gambling dens, to the ensuing cultural explosion of the 1960s, the political uncertainty of the ’70s and ’80s, and the current rebirth of the city and the team today. This special reveals the vibrant culture of Montreal and how it is intrinsically tied to the most storied team in hockey history. 


Stroumboulopoulos speaks with Canadiens legends Jean Béliveau, Henri Richard, Guy Lafleur, Guy Carbonneau, Bob Gainey and Ken Dryden about the legacy of the team, what it means to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens and the reason the team has struck a cultural chord with the people of Montreal, and Canadians from coast to coast.


In addition, www.cbc.ca hosts a website that allows users to view an interactive timeline highlighting both key hockey moments in the team’s history as well as cultural milestones of the past century. Extended interviews with celebrities and Habs hockey greats are featured. Fans are invited to post their own personal stories about the Habs. Live webcasts from the Centennial Plaza outside the Bell Centre will be featured prior to Canadiens games being telecast on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA 2009. 


THE MONTREAL CANADIENS: 100 YEARS – 100 STARS is directed by Roddy McManus. Producers are McManus, Victoire Bessette and George Stroumboulopoulos.  Executive producer is Dominque St-Louis. It is a pop6 production made in association with CBC Television.


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. 

One Response to CBC To Bring Out Celebs, Legends for Habs Tribute

  1. Steph says:

    George Stroumboulopoulos? Ugh.

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