Hockey Day in Canada heads to Whitehorse

Whitehorse will host the 11th annual edition of CBC's Hockey Day in Canada next Feb. 12, the network announced Friday.

Hockey Day is heading to the Yukon.

Whitehorse, the territorial capital, will host CBC's Hockey Day in Canada next Feb. 12, the TV network announced Friday.

More than 13 hours of coverage are planned for the 11th annual edition of the Gemini Award-winning hockey celebration, again to be hosted by Hockey Night in Canada's Ron MacLean and Don Cherry.

All six Canadian-based NHL teams will be in action, with the entire triple-header to be broadcast on CBC Television and streamed live on

Situated on the Yukon River, Whitehorse boasts some of the most spectacular natural scenery in Canada. An important hub during the Klondike gold rush near the end of the 19th century, the Yukon capital has evolved into a cultural centre that embraces a rich frontier-town history and an aboriginal heritage.

Joel Darling, director of production for CBC Sports, said Whitehorse is an ideal location for next year's festivities.

"Whitehorse will provide a stunning backdrop for our 11th edition of Hockey Day in Canada,"  Darling said. "Hockey is a Canadian passion. Whitehorse and other communities across Canada's North have fascinating hockey stories to tell and we're excited to be able to share those with Canadians across the country."