While the National Hockey League remains in a lockout (which is now in its 47th day) perhaps we should look back at a happier time surrounding the sport and league which came to be not only a national passion, but the content for the longest running Canadian television show in history.
Lets face it. What would hockey be for Canadians without Hockey Night In Canada? In what would be its 60th season, HNIC has changed the sports broadcast scene and evolved with the game since its debut on radio in 1931. It was 60 years ago today (Nov. 1) that CBC TV aired the first English broadcast, but perhaps what you might not know is that the very first televised NHL game was actually broadcast on the french equivalent to HNIC; La Soirée du hockey. Check out this story about that historical moment in Canadian television history as the Montréal Canadiens took on the Detroit Red Wings on October 11, 1952: