CBC Names Hockey Day Host for 2010. Yes, We’re Going to Talk About Sports Soup Later

Mark your calendars, Canadian hockey fans! As announced tonight on CBC Television during Game Three of the 2009 Stanley Cup FinalTIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will be heading to Stratford, Ontario, for its tenth annual broadcast on Saturday, January 30, at 12 noon ET. Host Ron MacLean will be front and centre at Allman Arena in Stratford for the 13.5-hour broadcast, paying tribute to Canada’s great frozen game, alongside the legendary Don Cherry. 

Headlining the wall-to-wall hockey celebration is the traditional big-ticket all-Canadian NHL tripleheader (match ups and times to be announced at a later date).TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will also be available live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca.

“Stratford will provide a beautiful backdrop for our 10th edition of TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA,” said Joel Darling, director of production for CBC Sports.  “Stratford’s history of hockey and their vibrant community will help celebrate what has become a Canadian tradition over the past decade.”


“We could not be prouder,” said Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford and co-chair of the Stratford organizing committee. “TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA has become such a great Canadian tradition and to be chosen as the host community is such an honour and privilege. It builds on our world-class reputation for theatre and enables us to showcase all the elements of our community that make it such a great place to live.”

Stratford, ON is a charming Victorian city nestled in the countryside in Southwestern Ontario. With a vibrant cultural scene, including a famous theatre company, celebrated music and renowned restaurants the city has become a popular tourist destination.

Home to the world famous Stratford Festival, the picturesque city is also known for its rich hockey history. Chris Pronger, Ed Olczyk and Rob Blake got their start playing for the OHA Midwestern Junior B hockey team, the Stratford Cullitonsand the legendary, Howie Morenz (known as the Stratford Streak) also suited up in Stratford before the climbing the NHL ranks. Stratford born, Tim Taylor also donned a Cullitons jersey before going on to play more than a decade in the NHL, winning a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and another with the Tampa Bay Lightening in 2004.

Taylor is co-chair of the Stratford organizing committee in their bid to land TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA.  “Playing in the NHL you saw everyday the impact and influence that small towns have on the greatest game in the world,” said Taylor. “It’s just great that Stratford has been chosen because it is places like this where the game’s roots are deepest.”

Throughout the TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA broadcast NHL alumni will make guest appearances in the various communities across the country. Leading up to the game there will be a week of festivities planned in Stratford, including an NHL alumni game. More details on the events and players will be announced in the coming months.

TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA tenth annual broadcast on January 30 marks the continuation of an important Canadian hockey tradition. Winner of three Gemini Awards, TIM HORTONS 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 forTIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA include Campbellton, N.B. (2009); Winkler, Man. (2008); 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).

5 Responses to CBC Names Hockey Day Host for 2010. Yes, We’re Going to Talk About Sports Soup Later

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    Lst year the whole event was shown on the NHL Network in the USA. Here’s hoping they will do a repeat for 2010.

  2. skoka says:

    best day of the year fore sure.

  3. Chris says:

    I hope its Toronto at Montreal at 7pm. Don’t think they’ve ever played each other in Montreal for Hockey Day.

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