In Canada, practically every day is a celebration of hockey. But this weekend will see one prominent Canadian hockey town play host to a daylong nationwide celebration of Canada's favorite pastime. Fortunately for hockey lovers south of the border, Americans with NHL Center Ice and the NHL Network will also be able to enjoy Hockey Day in Canada.
One week before fans south of the border celebrate Hockey Weekend Across America, their northern neighbors will partake in Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. This year, Peterborough, Ontario, will provide the broadcasting hub for a day's worth of hockey action, including four NHL games featuring all seven Canadian teams.
CBC will be broadcasting the day-long affair throughout Canada starting at noon on Saturday, Feb. 9 with the legendary Ron MacLean and Don Cherry serving as hosts live from the Trent-Severn Canal in Peterborough. It's along that canal that the CBC crew will preside over the Under the Lock Hockey Tournament, an outdoor hockey tournament in which more than 60 youth teams consisting of 1,000 players will be competing.
The busy NHL schedule begins at 2 p.m. ET, when the Edmonton Oilers play at the Detroit Red Wings and the Winnipeg Jets visit the Ottawa Senators. At 7 p.m. ET the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs go head-to-head in Montreal in an Original Six matchup before the Vancouver Canucks visit the Calgary Flames to wrap up the day's triple-header at 10 p.m. ET.
But it won't just be NHL action taking place on Saturday, as the Peterborough Petes will be hosting an Ontario Hockey League game against the Soo Greyhounds. Wayne Gretzky played for both teams during his brief junior hockey career and these clubs won't just be contributing to the day's hockey schedule. They'll also be contributing to a great cause, as they will participate in the Pink in the Rink game that will raise funds to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.
Peterborough will also play host to a number of additional events leading up to the big day. They include a special appearance by the Stanley Cup at area schools as well as a number of local hockey clinics in the area hosted by Toronto Maple Leafs legend Wendell Clark.
While the entire celebration will be broadcast on CBC in Canada, American hockey fans can also enjoy the day. Starting from the opening of the broadcast at noon, subscribers to NHL Center Ice can enjoy the festivities, including the Edmonton-Detroit (subject to local blackouts) and Winnipeg-Ottawa contests.
At 6:30, the action continues on the NHL Network, which will broadcast Hockey Tonight as well as the latest installment in the historic Habs-Leafs rivalry. Following the game in Montreal, NHL Center Ice subscribers will be able to wind down a busy day of hockey with the Calgary-Vancouver finale, followed by an episode of After Hours.