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Local minor hockey to get its ‘Day’

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CBC’s “Hockey Day in Canada” will be in Fort Frances in January to film segments of Saturday afternoon minor hockey games.

The three-and-a-half hour show will air live across the country beginning at noon (EST) on Jan. 5, with shots of games here being shown periodically throughout the broadcast.

Dave Egan, a director with the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association, said they agreed to be a part of the show Tuesday after being approached by Hockey Night in Canada producer Paul McDougall last week.

“It was a pleasant surprise. It gives us a chance to show our new facility [‘Ice for Kids’ Arena] and that we have a strong minor hockey program,” he said.

“It’s good for our community.”

While minor hockey games run regularly Saturday afternoons, Egan said the board will hold a meeting to discuss the possibilities of holding a “jamboree” on that day so teams in every division will get a chance to be featured.

“This is a very big day for CBC. This program sends Hockey Night in Canada into the communities where the game is so important,” Nancy Lee, executive director of CBC Sports, said in a press release.

“We are very excited to hear Canadians tell their hockey stories.”

When asked by CBC on what Fort Frances-related projects to work on, Egan proposed a feature story about the 1952 Fort Frances Canadians senior hockey team, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of winning the Allan Cup next spring.

“I think there’ll be an opportunity there,” enthused Egan, who also is head coach of the local ‘AA’ Taggs Bantam team.

Hockey Day in Canada, airing for its third year, gives viewers a cross-country perspective on what hockey means in smaller communities.

Features and panels throughout the afternoon will be capped off by a triple-header of NHL games featuring the six Canadian-based teams. Ottawa will visit Toronto, Montreal will play Calgary, and Vancouver will host Edmonton.

In sum, 13 hours of hockey coverage will be aired that.

Other scheduled live remotes which the CBC will be switching to during the day include St. John’s, Nfld., Montreal, P.Q., Kingston, Ont., The Pas, Man., Saskatoon, Sask., Lac la Biche, Alta., Whitehorse, Yukon, and Kamloops, B.C.

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