Friday, December 6, 2013

Cougars To Appear On Hockey Day In Canada

Press Release

Prince George, B.C - CBC and Scotiabank have joined forces once again to celebrate the game that brings communities together across Canada with the 14th edition of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday, January 18, 2014 beginning at 9 am. The CBC broadcast includes four NHL games featuring all seven Canadian teams.

The Prince George Cougars are thrilled that their team has been selected to participate in this prestigious national event. The January 18th CBC broadcast schedule for the Prince George live hits are planned for 1:30pm – 3:00pm Pacific Time. Shane Foxman from CBC Vancouver will be the on-air host.

The theme of this year’s Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada broadcast is ‘Community’ and will include features that examine the common bond Canadians share through hockey and the local rinks in which it is played as well as the role the game plays in bringing Canadian communities together from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Throughout the broadcast CBC will look in on hockey-related events taking place in communities across the country including Prince George, BC, Barry’s Bay, ON and Sydney, NS.

"Without a doubt, having the Cougars as participants in Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will surely be a memorable day for our team, fans and community for years to come" says Prince George Cougars Vice-President Brandi Brodsky. "We have been tremendously excited and keen to have been working with Scotiabank to make this announcement for many months now, as we know that January 18th will be a milestone day for the team and the community. We thank Scotiabank for their support and this incredible opportunity. We look forward to sharing more details as to the day's itinerary over the coming weeks, as we are sure that fans and Prince George residents will want to come out to our game that day and join in the festivities."

“We have seen firsthand how much hockey means to Canadians, especially at the community level,” said Trevor Lutes, Scotiabank Manager of Main Prince George Branch. “That’s why we are thrilled to be part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada and to be bringing the excitement to Prince George, where fans of all ages will be able to take part in this cross country celebration of the sport.”

“What an exciting day January 18th will be in Prince George. As a remote location for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, Prince George can showcase to Canada a preview of our Winter Games in 2015, as well as all the outstanding hockey facilities we have in Prince George", says Prince George Mayor Shari Green. "Because of the strong support of Prince George Minor Hockey and all the affiliated organizations, CBC  and Canada will enjoy a great day in our city.”

The broadcast begins at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT) with Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada: Celebrating the Game, live from the Winter Festival in Lloydminster AB/SK with host Ron MacLean at an outdoor rink built specifically for Hockey Day on the Exhibition Grounds. MacLean will be joined in Lloydminster by Don Cherry, Cassie Campbell-Pascall and NHL alumni including Wendel Clark and Scotiabank Ambassadors Mark Napier, Lanny McDonald, Darcy Tucker and Marty McSorley.

Elliotte Friedman, P.J. Stock and Kevin Weekes will check in throughout the day from Vancouver where they will be stationed for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA game coverage. In addition, Canadian sledge hockey player Greg Westlake and national team coach Mike Mondin will be on hand to announce the roster for the team that will compete for Canada at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in March.

NHL game coverage begins with two games at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) featuring the New York Rangers visiting the Ottawa Senators for viewers in Ontario and to the East while viewers in Manitoba and to the West will see the Winnipeg Jets play host to the Edmonton Oilers. Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada: Celebrating the Game continues following the first games with more features as well as live look-ins from the Winter Festival in Lloydminster and communities across Canada.

Hockey Tonight leads viewers into the national doubleheader at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT) followed by an Original Six match-up between the host Toronto Maple Leafs and longtime rival Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). At 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) the Calgary Flames travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks in the final game of the night on CBC. Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey wrap up the night following the late game with After Hours.

The Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada broadcast includes a full day of coverage, but the celebrations start four days earlier on Tuesday, January 14 with a Stanley Cup relay that will see the iconic trophy travel to the CBC headquarters in Regina for a public event that will give fans the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Cup. CBC Edmonton will host a similar event in Churchill Square on the morning of Wednesday, January 15 before the Stanley Cup travels to Scotiabank branches in Camrose, AB and Vermillion, AB during the day on the way to Lloydminster.

CBC News Network’s Ian Hanomansing and Carly Agro will make the trip to Lloydminster for live broadcasts during the week. Hanomansing will host a live broadcast on Friday, January 17 while Agro will file reports throughout the week and into the weekend detailing the hockey-related events taking place in the community.

Also included on the schedule are several public skates and receptions giving local fans the chance to see the Stanley Cup up close. The morning of Thursday, January 16 features a celebrity breakfast followed that evening by the Scotiabank Stolen From a Hockey Card concert featuring Dave Bidini and several special guest performers including Tami Holtby (mother of Washington Capitals goalie and Lloydminster native, Braden Holtby), Bryan Trottier and the winner of Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest. The annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Banquet will be held on Friday, January 17 and includes a live charity auction.

This isn’t the first time that the Prince George Cougars and the CBC have teamed up on television. Earlier this year in February, the Prince George Cougars players and staff took part in a health nutritional experiment which aired on CBC’s Marketplace in March. Previously the Prince George Cougars were also a part of a six-episode show called ‘The Rookies’ which was filmed during the 2009-2010 season, and aired in March of 2010 on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific. Brandi Brodsky adds, “We always embrace the opportunity to help shine a national spotlight on the City of Prince George, and are grateful to Scotiabank and CBC for the opportunity to allow us to make this happen again.”

Viewers can connect with CBC and Scotiabank leading up to and throughout Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on Facebook and on Twitter by following @CBCHockeyDay and @ScotiaHockey and using #hockeyday.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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