Hockey Day in Canada Rules, Quite Simply


Canada’s unofficial hockey holiday is almost here! TIM HORTONSHOCKEY DAY IN CANADA drops the puck on its ninth annual broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 12 noon ET, as Ron MacLean hosts live from The Memorial Civic Centre in Campbellton, N.BDon Cherry, Scott Morrison and Dick Irvin, as well as special guests Wendel Clark, Willie O’Ree, Paul Kelly, Danny Grant and Mark Napier, will join MacLean in Campbellton.


The TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebrations kick off on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. ET with a special edition of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Montreal Canadiens.  Ron MacLean and Kelly Hrudey host the broadcast live from Plaster Rock, N.B., home of the 2009 World Pond Hockey Championship.

The action continues from Campbellton, N.B. on Sat. Feb. 21 at 12 noon ET asTIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA begins its 13.5-hour long broadcast. “Rivalries”, the theme of the 2009 edition, will be explored throughout the day. Whether it is individual or team, town or city, province or country, hockey rivalries give the game much of its colour, and are found everywhere from a shinny game on the local frozen pond to an NHL showdown on a Saturday night.


Plus, with satellite locations in Plaster Rock, N.B, Windsor, Ont., Carlyle, Sask., Cold Lake, Alta. and Toronto, Ont., Canadians will be able to enjoy a host of community events taking place across the country. TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will also present several stories highlighting the people, places and events that have shaped the frozen game, including:

·         “Belleville McFarlands – 50 years later” – CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA analyst Marc Crawford returns home to tell the story of the Belleville McFarlands and their improbable 1959 World Championship victory. This uniquely personal story sees Crawford relive the moments with his father as well as his father’s teammates.

·         “Peter Maher’s Campbellton” – Calgary Flames play-by-play man and Campbellton, NB native Peter Maher provides viewers an introspective tour of the town and community that helped launch his career as one of the premiere NHL broadcasters.

·         “Dick Irvin’s Best Rivalries” – Legendary voice of the Montreal Canadiens and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA alumnus Dick Irvin recounts his most memorable rivalries. From Maurice Richard vs. Gordie Howe to Toe Blake vs. Punch Imlach, Irvin tells the story of the individuals who help to define his love of the game.  

·         “Leading by Example” – CBC follows the inspirational story of Master Seaman Dale Shewchuck of the Canadian Armed Forces and his journey to help Curtis Caron, a partially paralyzed nine year old hockey player from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.


At 3 p.m. ET the all-Canadian NHL tripleheader takes centre stage as the Canadiens host Ottawa at the Bell Centre in Montreal, followed by Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, at 6:30 p.m. ET. Mats Sundin makes his return to Toronto as the Canucks face off against the Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. ET, while Edmonton hosts Calgary in the nightcap of the triple bill at 10 p.m. ET. 


Other elements of TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA ON CBCfestivities include the exclusive online auction, in conjunction with the NHLPA, at Featuring one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia graciously donated by Tim Hortons, the NHLPA, NHL and Canadian NHL teams, this year’s auction includes a Sidney Crosby-autographed jersey and a trip for two to the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. The online auction runs until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 23. Proceeds from the auction will go to KidSport New Brunswick to assist with minor hockey and THE HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA HELP FUND (For more information go


Hockey fans can visit 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 CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA personalities, breaking news, in-depth reports, broadcast schedules and more.


4 Responses to Hockey Day in Canada Rules, Quite Simply

  1. Leafsfan1967 says:

    Another bit of good news is that the NHL Network in the States is picking up coverage of Hockey Day in Canada starting at noon eastern on February 21st.

  2. chriswassel says:

    Rumor is on Feb.15th, the part of Southern California I live in….is supposed to get the NHL Network. It would be great to see all this live instead of streamed.

  3. Leafsfan1967 says:

    I suspect the CBC streams of the non NHL game parts of HDIC may work outside Canada but the games themselves will only be streamed in Canada

  4. jkrdevil says:

    So who is sponsoring this?

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