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Are you glad HNIC is staying on the CBC?
Mon, March 26, 2007

The CBC will announce later today that its longest-standing tradition — Hockey Night in Canada — is staying on the network for the foreseeable future.

The Sun has learned a news conference involving the CBC and the NHL has been called for noon today in Toronto to make the official announcement.

There had been widespread speculation for several months that CTV Globemedia would make a major push to take Hockey Night away from the CBC, which has carried the Saturday night series for more than 50 years. No program has a longer history on the public broadcaster's airwaves.

CBC to keep NHL contract


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Being a Leaf fan, the deal is great for me. However, there are other Canadian teams which are barely represented by the CBC (I thought the first C in CBC meant Canada). Additionally, I think a refit of the announcers is a little overtime. If I were not a Leaf fan, I would not be very happy with the Leaf-centric content. But I am a Leaf fan, so I guess I win. Sorry non-Leaf fans!
Ward Moroz, 2007-03-28 17:44:43

Leafs every Saturday night, great. Not!!!!!! Well at least with satellite you can grab CBC Ottawa.
steveman, 2007-03-27 15:50:44

Who cares where it is as long as it is on TV and available to everyone.
Donald, 2007-03-27 13:43:56

For those of us in the Ottawa region we do see the Sens games on CBC when the 'Mother Corp' deigns to show them to us. When the CBC doesn't want to carry the game, fans with the Centre Ice Package can just find the feed carrying the game in the US (usually FSN or similar) and skip HNIT altogether. Watch HNIT for the theme song if you need to and flick to the channel where the game you want to watch is being shown.

For those without premium cable packages the CBC needs to discover that there actually are, in fact, other pro hockey teams in Canada beyond the Leafs.
Will, 2007-03-27 12:59:14

...and another thing. I do agree that Bob and Harry are beyond their years. Bob, by the way, is NOT traditionally a Leaf fan. He's a Red Wings fan. The internet streaming option will be good for those of you who want variety, especially if you can choose which game you want to watch.
Ken, 2007-03-27 12:22:58

It irks me to read all the comments regarding Hockey Night in Toronto. I grew up in Newfoundland and had to endure decades (and I mean decades) of the Habs. Because of this, I ended up despising the Canadiens. About 10 years ago I moved to Western Canada and now I watch both games. Yes, Toronto has the early games each week which doesn't bother me at all. The late game is always Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver. I don't know what all this complaining is about. There's a ton of variety, especially living in this part of the country where both games are on the air from 5pm to 11pm. Maybe in Upper Canada where the games are on from 7pm to 1am, there's an issue. CBC in my opinion is in every right to broadcast Leaf games for the first game because they draw in the ratings and since they're in the TV broadcasting business, that's what drives the profits.

If you don't want to watch the early game, then don't.
Ken, 2007-03-27 12:19:49

Yes I'm really glad Hockey Night in Canada will stay with cbc but I really think they should think about replacing Bob Cole and Harry Neil I really hate when they call the game. They are always way behind the play and often they get players mixed up. I really thinks it time for them to bow out. especially if there is talk that Ron McClean and Don Cherry should retire.
Colin Toole, 2007-03-27 12:09:50

NO....it's become old & tired. Somebody PLEASE get rid of Bob Cole. The man should have retired years ago. CBC is dying a slow death & they are killing HNIC as well. CTV would have been a great change...fresh blood & money would have brought the show into the 21st century. If you want to see what a difference CTV would have made, check out the great job TSN does a of covering the Leafs.
GH, 2007-03-27 11:32:24

No - I think Sportsnet would do a much better job and it would have been a good way to get rid of that know-it-all with the big mouth. I also agree that it should be Hockey Night in Toronto rather than HNIC - there are way too many games of that lousy team from Toronto we have to sit through.
peter, 2007-03-27 11:26:10

If CBC were smart they would show teams other than the Leafs. Leaf fans are not hockey fan (for the most part) so when the Leafs don't play in the playoffs, they have a hugh amount of "fans" that stop watching. If they were to play other teams like Montreal and Ottawa, leaf fan may actually realise that they like hockey, not just the leafs, and continue watching throughout the palyoffs right to the fianls.
Paul, 2007-03-27 11:14:14

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