Monday, January 28, 2013

NHL Lockout Over: 'Hockey Night in Canada' returns for its 60th season on CBC

Hockey memorabilia on display at Winnipeg's MTS Centre. Sue Frause photo.

I'm not one to watch hockey on TV, but did notice while flipping around on my remote on Saturday night that hockey is back! With what seemed to be the never ending NHL lockout, a memorandum of understanding was finally signed and the NHL released its revised 48-game schedule -- it started on January 19, 2013.

Now celebrating its 60th season, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada not only has a new version of its theme song Hockey Tonight (performed by Colin MacDonald of The Trews), it has made some other changes, with both familiar and new faces on the air. 

Scotiabank Hockey Tonight features host Ron MacLean along with hockey insiders and analysts Glenn Healy, P.J. Stock, Kevin, Weekes, Elliotte Friedman and Andi Petrillo. The Coach's Corner features the colorfully entertaining Don Cherry alongside MacLean. And this season, Cherry's views will be more prominent, as he'll be appearing at the end of the first period of the Prime West games. Which means one more look at the outfit that "Grapes" has decided to don for the evening. 

For fans into social networking, Hockey Night in Canada: 2nd Screen includes top content from the social media world, with up to date NHL news and a chance to test your hockey knowledge. And for tweeters, use the hashtag #HockeyNight on Twitter. 

Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson's International Airport. Sue Frause photo.

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