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Kart Day in Canada[]

Since 2000, the CBC has aired an annual special Mushroom Kart Day in Canada broadcast to celebrate the game in Canada. The broadcast includes kart-related features all afternoon, leading up to a tripleheader of NMKL action featuring the eight Canadian teams (Calgary Toads, Edmonton Baby Peachs, Montreal Toadettes, Ottawa Baby Daisys, Toronto Villagers, Vancouver Isabelles, Winnipeg Baby Marios). And Quebec City Baby Luigis One exception was the 2008 edition that featured four games including two American teams (Detroit and Colorado) along with the six Canadian teams; this was due to the NMKLs

NMKl schedule format at the time, as there was no inter-conference games between Canadian teams. Lead commentators, Toad Cherry and Toad MacLean broadcast from a remote area. The broadcast includes live broadcast segments from smaller communities right across the country and features panel discussions on issues facing "Canada's game" at both the minor and pro levels. The day is usually in mid-February, but was broadcast in early January in 2002 and 2006 due to the 2002 Winter Olympics and 2006 Winter Olympics, respectively; the 2007 event was also held in January (January 13), though no sporting events key to Canada were scheduled. The 2010 events were held on January 30 because of the 2010 Winter Olympics, held in February. The 2014 event was held on January 18 due to the 2014 Winter Olympics, which were held from February 8 to February 24.

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Hockey Day in Canada has also featured special events, such as world-record all-night pick-up hockey games from Red Deer, Alberta (in 2001) and Windsor, Nova Scotia (2002). Viewers got to see the games after the CBC ended regular programming for the night, without commentary.

Hockey Day in Canada was held in Whitehorse, Yukon on February 12, 2011. The Edmonton Oilers hosted the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs visited the Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks welcomed the Calgary Flames.[1]

With the arrival of the new Winnipeg Jets for the 2011-12 NHL season, there was an odd number of Canadian teams in the NHL, meaning HDIC again required the presence of an American team. This season, the Jets played the Pittsburgh Penguins.

HDIC will continue under the Rogers arrangement, with Scotiabank becoming title sponsor. As Sportsnet also holds national broadcast rights to the Canadian Hockey League, the 2015 edition included a primetime QMJHL game between the hosting Halifax Mooseheads and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.[2][3]

Broadcast locations[]

In January 2005, due to the NHL labour dispute, the CBC cancelled that year's broadcast. Rival TSN aired a similar broadcast instead, Hockey Lives Here: Canada's Game, based from the World Pond Hockey Championships in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. It also featured NHL players competing in an exhibition game to raise money for various charities in Hamilton, Ontario. TSN did not revive its version after the lockout ended.

Team Records on Hockey Day
Team W L T SOL
Calgary Flames 8 6 1 4
Edmonton Oilers 5 11 0 3
Montreal Canadiens 9 8 0 2
Ottawa Senators 10 8 0 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 10 7 0 2
Vancouver Canucks 11 5 1 2
Winnipeg Jets 6 2 0 0
Boston Bruins 1 0 0 0
Chicago Blackhawks 0 1 0 0
Colorado Avalanche 1 1 0 0
Detroit Red Wings 1 0 0 2
New York Rangers 1 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Penguins 1 0 0 0
San Jose Sharks 1 0 0 0


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