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Before They Were CBC Stars: Kevin Weekes

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On Saturday nights you can catch Kevin Weekes breaking down players, plays and games as an analyst on Hockey Night in Canada. But before the broadcaster was a CBC star, he was actually in the players' shoes (or skates, rather) as a star of the NHL.


Born in Toronto, Ontario, Kevin began his road to hockey stardom at the age of five, playing street hockey with family. His actual role - since they were older than him - was to gather the ball when it went past the net, which eventually led to becoming a star NHL goaltender. Everyone starts somewhere.


Kevin's skill and passion landed him a spot on the Owen Sound Platers in the Ontario Hockey League, which is where here first caught the eye of the NHL (and the CBC). The fifth estate produced a feature on young hockey players entering the NHL draft and a 17-year-old Kevin just happened to be one of them


Take a look at this clip of Kevin circa 1993 on the fifth estate's Promises of Glory:



Kevin became 41st selected overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, picked up by the Florida Panthers. His professional hockey career started with the Panthers' minor league affiliates and then, in 1998, Kevin made his NHL debut for the Panthers facing the Ottawa Senators. Throughout his 13 season-long career, Kevin would protect the net for the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.



After hanging up his skates in 2009, Kevin stepped off the ice and into the broadcast booth as the first black broadcast analyst in hockey for the NHL Network, then the CBC.


One of Kevin's early reports for CBC has become somewhat of a YouTube hit. While side-ice reporting in 2010  before a San Jose Sharks game, Kevin almost got run over by a Zamboni. Watch him stay cool under (hilarious) pressure:



What's next for Kevin? Well, his fourth season with Hockey Night in Canada is underway as he joins the studio panel team alongside Ron MacLean, Glenn Healy, Elliotte Friedman, PJ Stock and Andi Petrillo.


In addition to Kevin's broadcasting career, he also takes the time to give back to youth charities. Kevin hosts a celebrity golf tournament each summer in Barbados; a place that has special meaning to him (his parents emigrated from Barbados to Canada). The tournament brings out stars from the television and sports world and Kevin donates all of the proceeds to Sky's the Limit and The Phoenix Academy.


And if that's not enough, Kevin keeps busy combining his two loves, goaltending and fashion, with his apparel line IHaveNo5Hole.


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To get your hands on the gear, head to the IHaveNo5Hole online store. And tune into Hockey Night in Canada Saturday nights on CBC to see Kevin and the rest of the Hockey Night crew in action.


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Kevin Weekes Talks IHaveNo5Hole Apparel

 

 

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