National Hockey League clubs haven't officially hit the ice for game action, but CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is set to broadcast the first of four pre-season contests beginning Saturday with Kraft Hockeyville.
It all starts with Saturday's Winnipeg Jets-Washington Capitals matchup in the township of Stirling-Rawdon, Ont., (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).
The winners of the Kraft Hockeyville contest celebrated their victory with a Stanley Cup parade last September and a visit from NHL alumni to go along with a game. In addition, the community was awarded a $100,000 cheque from Kraft Canada for renovations to Stirling District Recreation Centre.
Hockey Night's Ron MacLean and Coach's Corner commentator Don Cherry will be on location from Yardmen Arena in Belleville to bring you all the action.
Next up on Sept. 21, fans will get a doubleheader dose of hockey when the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Buffalo Sabres (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET) followed by an all-Canadian matchup with the Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton to battle the Oilers (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 10 p.m. ET).
An Original Six rivalry will be renewed on Sept. 28 when the Leafs host their new Atlantic Division foes, the Detroit Red Wings, (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).
The puck officially drops on the regular season Oct. 1 when Toronto visits its arch rivals, the Montreal Canadiens (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET) followed by the Jets at the Oilers (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 10 p.m. ET).
|Capitals at Jets||Sept. 14||7 p.m. ET|
|Leafs at Sabres||Sept. 21||7 p.m. ET|
|Canucks at Oilers||Sept. 21||10 p.m. ET|
|Red Wings at Leafs||Sept. 28||7 p.m. ET|