Hockey Night in Canada

Hockey Night in Canada
HNIC Logo.svg
The current logo, used since 1998.
Also known asMolson Hockey Night in Canada
Presented by
Theme music composerColin Oberst (since 2008)
Opening theme"The Hockey Theme"
"Canadian Gold" (2008–present)
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
Camera setupmulti-camera
Running time6 hours+
Production companies
  • MacLaren Advertising/Canadian Sports Network (1931–1988)
  • CBC Sports and Molstar Communications (1988–1998)
  • CBC Sports (1998–2014)
  • Sportsnet (2014–present)
Original network
Original releaseRadio: November 12, 1931–May 16, 1976
Television: October 11, 1952–present
Followed byNHL on Sportsnet
(national over-the-air broadcaster through sublicensing)
Related showsNHL on Sportsnet
External links
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Hockey Night in Canada (often abbreviated Hockey Night or HNIC) is a branding used for Canadian television presentations of the National Hockey League. While the name has been used for all NHL broadcasts on CBC Television (regardless of the time of day), Hockey Night in Canada is primarily associated with its Saturday night NHL broadcasts, a practice originating from Saturday NHL broadcasts that began in 1931 on the CNR Radio network and continued on its successors, and debuting on television beginning in 1952. Initially only airing a single game weekly, the modern incarnation airs a weekly double-header, with game times normally at 7 and 10 p.m. (ET). The broadcast features various segments during the intermissions and between games, as well as pre- and post-game coverage of the night's games, and player interviews. It also shows the hosts' opinions on news and issues occurring in the league.

The Hockey Night in Canada brand is owned by the CBC[1] and was exclusively used by CBC Sports through the end of the 2013–14 NHL season. Beginning in the 2014–15 NHL season, the brand is being licensed to Rogers Communications for Sportsnet-produced Saturday NHL broadcasts airing on CBC Television as well as the Rogers-owned Citytv and Sportsnet networks. Rogers had secured exclusive national multimedia rights to NHL games beginning in 2014–15, and sublicensed Saturday night and playoff games to CBC.[2] This sub-license agreement runs through the end of the Rogers deal with the NHL.

  1. ^ "Canadian trade-mark data: Application no. 0357653". Canadian Trade-marks Database. Canadian Intellectual Property Office. September 16, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "NHL signs 12-year TV, Internet deal with Rogers; CBC keeps 'Hockey Night in Canada'". Toronto Star. November 26, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.