Hockey Night in Canada

Hockey Night in Canada

60 Seasons

Book - 2012
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Penguin Putnam
Hockey Night in Canada has reached a great age (and for television, practically an immortal one) because it made itself into something that Canada couldn’t live without. It is this surge of emotion that connected Canadians each week. Hockey Night in Canada didn’t just aim a camera at a game and watch what happened, it actively gave the country a prism through which it could see itself, and its evolving diversity. We look where the eye of Hockey Night in Canada looks, and it looks at us. We remember what it remembers. We feel what it feels. That is the dynamic which has made the show much more than a long-lived TV success, but a cultural juggernaut. Ask any fan when they saw their first hockey game, and chances are they will say on Hockey Night in Canada. Ask any playermale or femalewhat first got them into the rink and the answer will be the same: they wanted to be like the players on Hockey Night in Canada. So, the book will capture the culture of Hockey Night in Canada, and the culture it has created, by finding the grand emotional life within the story and beyond, into the wider world in which the show lives, and connecting it all to the reader, just as Hockey Night in Canada has done for 60 years.

Random House, Inc.

Before Twitter, before 24-hour sports channels, long before fans watched highlight goals on their phones—long before something called a “highlight” had been invented—there was Hockey Night in Canada. It was cutting-edge technology back then. Anywhere in Canada, a hockey fan could come in from the snow, sit down by the radio, listen to a game played in Montreal or Toronto, and experience the thrill of a game played hundreds, or thousands, of kilometres away. Before all of what we call Canada had joined Confederation, even before the “Original Six,” there was Hockey Night in Canada to define both the country and the game.

Then, sixty years ago, another technological marvel changed the game—and the country—and launched the longest-running program in the world. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, for the first time, was on television.

At first fans worried that television would ruin the game. Now Canadians can hardly imagine the game without the CBC broadcast. 

Hockey Night in Canada: 60 Seasons celebrates the moments, the personalities, and the innovations that have shaped our experience of the game.

What would hockey be without instant replay or the “three stars”? What would it be without Foster Hewitt, Howie Meeker, Peter Puck, or mythical moments like Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup–winning goal? What would the game be without the Saturday night double-header, or Coach’s Corner, or Bob Cole’s “Stand up and cheer, Canada!” at the 2002 Olympics? Hockey Night in Canada: 60 Seasons celebrates not only what is great about the game, but how Hockey Night in Canada has come to define it.

Written by Michael McKinley, author of Hockey: A People’s History, with a foreword by Ron MacLean and richly illustrated with rare on-screen and archival material, Hockey Night in Canada: 60 Seasons features behind-the-scenes glimpses into the way the broadcast was born and developed and little-known stories about the men and women who have brought our game to life in sixty fascinating moments.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2012
Description: xv, 331 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
ISBN: 9780670066988
Branch Call Number: 796.962 McK


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Jan 17, 2013

I have read the book and I had liked it this this the book for everyone to read even hockey players coaches and referee's

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