Podcast: Alan Thicke discusses The Game

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For the next five weeks, we'll be offering you a sneak peek at this year's panel and how they are prepping for the upcoming battle of the books.

We're starting things off with a Canadian icon known for his work as an actor, songwriter and television personality. Alan Thicke, a.k.a. North America's favourite dad, has appeared on CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CBS's How I Met Your Mother and, most famously, the 1980s seminal sitcom Growing Pains.


Image of Alan Thicke by Tanja-Tiziana Burdi/CBC

Did you know he also wrote the theme songs to the TV seroes The Facts of Life and Wheel of Fortune?

This multi-talented guy is about to add another skillset to his already impressive resume: champion debater. Alan is defending The Game by Ken Dryden in the Canada Reads 2012 debates.

This 1983 classic has been called "the greatest hockey book ever written." It takes readers inside the 1979 Montreal Canadiens locker room. They are on a quest for a fourth consecutive Stanley Cup victory. But, their award-winning goalie Ken Dryden has other things on his mind. Like his family, fame and future.

The Game is almost 30 years old, but Alan Thicke is confident this timeless tale will resonate with readers everywhere — even those who aren't hockey fans. Listen to his conversation about why The Game will come out on top with Canada Reads associate producer Debbie Pacheco in the audio player above.

The debates will air at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. in Nfld.) on CBC Radio One and will be livestreamed on CBC Books at 10 a.m. ET on February 6,7, 8 and 9.

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