CBC's Hockey Night in Canada will hit the airwaves for its 57th season on Oct. 1.
CBC unveiled its 76-game regular-season broadcast schedule for the 2009-10 NHL season on Wednesday, headlined by 25 all-Canadian matchups.
Hockey Night in Canada makes its debut on the first day of the NHL season with an Original Six matchup between the Montreal Canadiens in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs (CBC, CBCSports.ca 7 p.m. ET) followed by the Calgary Flames hosting the Vancouver Canucks (CBC, CBCSports.ca 10 p.m. ET).
The first Saturday broadcast, on Oct. 3, features four games: Toronto at Washington, Montreal at Buffalo, Ottawa at the New York Rangers, and Calgary at Edmonton.
Sidney Crosby and the 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins make their first of four appearances on Hockey Night in Canada on Oct. 10 when they face off against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
Other highlights of the broadcast schedule include:
- the 2009 Hall of Fame game (Detroit at Toronto) on Nov. 7.
- the Canadiens' 100th anniversary game (Boston at Montreal) on Dec. 4.
- the NHL Winter Classic from Fenway Park (Philadelphia at Boston) on New Year's Day.
- the 10th annual Tim Hortons Hockey Day in Canada (from Stratford, Ont.) on Jan. 30.
Viewers will be able to watch all 76 games of the broadcast schedule live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca.