|A HISTORIC DAY IN EDMONTON!
GRETZKY RETURNS IN FRONT OF A RECORD CROWD
AND CBCS HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA BROADCASTS IN HDTV
CBC Sports is
broadcasting for the first time in High Definition Television on Saturday, November 22 as
a historic day at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton unfolds, celebrating the Oilers
25th anniversary, and the return of a legend, on CBCS HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.
To mark the inaugural foray into the future of broadcasting on CBC Television, Bell
Express Vu, Shaw Cablesystems, Starchoice, Rogers Cable and Videotron provides the feed of
the broadcast in HDTV for their subscribers.
Ron MacLean hosts HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADAs coverage when a National Hockey League
record crowd, in excess of 55,000 fans, will be on hand to witness the return of Wayne
Greztky, and Edmonton Oilers alumni, taking on Guy Lafleur and some former Montreal
Canadiens legends in The Mega Stars Game.
#99 will be joined by the likes of Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Jari Kurri and other former
Oilers stars taking on The Flower, Larry Robinson, Steve Shutt, Guy
Carbonneau and some former members of the famed Bleu Blanc Rouge.
For the occasion Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Irvin returns to the booth call the game
alongside Chris Cuthbert and Greg Millen.
CBCS HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA will use this opportunity for their first venture into
High Definition Television and the use of new technological experiments. Executive
producer Joel Darling says robotic cameras and cameras on cranes will be used, and an
Omni-cam will be mounted above the glass and moved from one end of the rink to the other.
The size of the venue allows us to try innovative things, Darling says.
The Omni-cam has been used in other sports, such as track and field. By utilizing it
for hockey we're hoping to show the speed of the game.
At 6:30 p.m. ET, MacLean returns to host Saturday Night to recap the afternoons
events from around the NHL and previews the night ahead.
At 7 p.m. ET, Live from Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, CBCs Hockey Night in
Canada presents The Heritage Classic featuring the current-day Oilers led by Ryan Smith
and Ales Hemsky battling Saku Koivu, Jose Theodore and the Habs.
Chris Cuthbert, Greg Millen and Glenn Healy provide the commentary, when CBCs Hockey
Night in Canada experiments with the three man in the booth concept.
Don Cherry is in Edmonton for this weeks segment of Coachs Corner alongside
MacLean in the first intermission. The Satellite Hot Stove in the second intermission
features MacLean, and NHL insiders chatting about news and rumours from around the NHL.
At 10 p.m. ET, Game Two sees the Toronto Maple Leafs heading to Vancouver to battle with
Todd Bertuzzi, Brendan Morrison and the Canucks. Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey co-host the
broadcast, Bob Cole provides the play-by-play, Harry Neale is the analyst, and Brenda
Irving is the rinkside reporter.
HNIC: After Hours follows game two from Vancouver with co-hosts Hrudey and Oake.
Following After Hours (except in B.C. where it will be seen at 11:30 p.m.), HNIC: Replay
rebroadcasts the historic Habs vs. Oilers game and the Leafs vs. Canucks game in