A day for hockey

SEAN MOORE -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Hockey: Skate blades chewing icy paths, bodies crunching against boards, melodic taps of compressed rubber hitting wood or pinging off posts, the sirens and the organs.

Once again a night was no longer enough time to corral all of hockey's excitement onto television, so yesterday the CBC hosted its sixth annual Hockey Day In Canada.

"There's nothing that brings Canadian families closer together than the game of hockey," the event's producer, Joel Darling, on the CBC's website.

He said it would unite Canada from coast-to-coast in a "grassroots celebration" of our game.

Unity was sought during an election campaign in a broadcast spanning 13.5 hours, with correspondents reporting from small communities throughout the nation.

Hockey day brought three games between Canadian teams to homes across the country -- Toronto at Edmonton, Ottawa against Montreal and Calgary against Vancouver.

With a population of 8,000, Stephenville, Nfld. was the official host of CBC's 2004 Gemini award-winning event.

Coach's Corner hosts Ron MacLean and Don Cherry were joined by Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Irvin and former Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark to talk about the connection hockey has to Newfoundland and the relationship it builds between parents and children in the only country with hockey players on its money.

The celebratory mood was set on Thursday night when Canada beat Russia 5-0 to win the gold medal in the IIHF World Junior Championship.

The championship game was watched by a peak audience of 4.25 million viewers, which made it the week's most-watched Canadian telecast.


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