Saturday night is always Hockey Night in Canada and Canadians have proven that they are happy to keep it that way. In less than 24 hours since the launch of HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA: YOUR PICK, fans have responded in droves with more than 20,000 votes recorded to date at CBCSports.ca/YourPick and Facebook.com/HockeyNightInCanada for the October 13 broadcast.
HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA: YOUR PICK puts fans first by allowing them to choose which games will air on CBC-TV on Saturdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) by selecting from a list of five games from any era including memorable NHL regular season, All-Star and playoff games as well as marquee international match-ups.
"Canadians have sent a clear message to us and to hockey fans everywhere that they want their Hockey Night in Canada, and we're thrilled to let them have a choice in what they see," said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. "The response has been amazing, and that's a credit to the passion our viewers have for hockey and for the tradition of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada."
Fans can continue to vote for their choice for the October 13 broadcast until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 8, and voting is unlimited so fans can vote as often as they'd like. A new set of five games will be posted each week along with descriptions detailing the significance of each memorable match-up. Each option will give fans the chance to re-live some of the most iconic games in hockey history, or to see legendary on-ice battles for the first time. The next set of five game choices will be posted on Tuesday, October 9, at which point fans can begin casting their votes for the October 20 broadcast.
Once they've made their picks, viewers can share their vote on Twitter by using the hashtag #HockeyNight. A live Twitter feed located at CBCSports.ca/YourPick allows fans to stay up-to-date with the online conversation as they cast their votes.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus five languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.
For further information, please contact:
Simon Bassett, Publicist, CBC
Simon.Bassett@cbc.ca 416.205.8533 (Office)/416.988.1590 (Mobile)