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Full slate set for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

by Adam Kimelman
Fans across Canada -- especially those in the Whitehorse, Yukon area -- have been celebrating for a few days already, but the best of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is yet to come.

CBC will start its full day of coverage at noon ET (simulcast on NHL Network-U.S.) with Hockey Day in Canada Live, hosted by Ron MacLean.

It'll be an emotional day for MacLean, who learned to skate in Whitehorse while his father, Ron Sr., was stationed at Canadian Forces Station Whitehorse. MacLean has his father with him on this trip, and said it's the first time in 43 years his father has been to Whitehorse.

MacLean will anchor the coverage from the Canada Games Centre during the day, and then move inside Tahkini Arena, where the backdrop of the evening's coverage will be a Western Hockey League game between the Kamloops Blazers and Vancouver Giants. Giants defenseman David Musil is No. 26 on NHL Central Scouting's mid-term ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2011 Entry Draft.

At 2 p.m. ET, CBC will televise the first of its tripleheader of action, with the Ottawa Senators visiting the Edmonton Oilers. At 6:30 p.m. ET, the traditional Hockey Night in Canada coverage will start, with Hockey Tonight, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs playing at the Montreal Canadiens. Hockey Tonight and the Leafs-Canadiens game also can be seen on NHL Network-U.S.

MacLean and Don Cherry will host the famed Coach's Corner segment from Tahkini Arena following the first period of the Leafs-Canadiens game.

At 10 p.m. ET, the day-long affair will end with the Calgary Flames playing at the Vancouver Canucks.

In between the games, there will be a number of satellite locations celebrating the day.

The NHLPA's Goals and Dreams fund will join with Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby to donate 87 sets of hockey equipment to children throughout Nova Scotia.

From Quebec City, CBC will have coverage of the 52nd Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament, which features 2,300 players from 16 countries competing for the title of "World Champion of Pee Wee Hockey."

In Oakville, Ont., CBC will cover the Scotiabank Girls Hockeyfest, where 300 girls from the Oakville Hornets Girls Hockey Association get put through their paces by Canadian Olympic hockey gold medalist Tessa Bonhomme.

CBC will follow the Scotiabank Prairie Pond Hockey Challenge from Wascana Lake in Regina, Sask. Eighty teams will compete in Saskatchewan's largest pond hockey tournament.

And in Victoria, B.C., CBC will show highlights from Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! street hockey tournament, as 60 teams compete for the right to hoist the Redwood Cup.

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